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“Theater Royal BSE”

Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in 1819, this Grade 1 listed playhouse is the only surviving example of a Regency theatre in the UK. It is the only theatre open to the public in the National Trust's portfolio of properties. Fully restored to it's Georgian splendour, the intimate auditorium and exquisite decorative scheme will provide visitors with an unforgettable and unique theatrical experience. The Theatre presents a vibrant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and stand up comedy. We also offer regular tours of the building, contact our Box Office to book a space on one of our tours.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Theater Royal BSE”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

One of the best Theatre in the country, if not quite the smallest. Since its severe make over a few years back it ticks all the boxes. Its a delightful venue for some very excellent productions. The seating has everything from the stalls to the Gods, even if the boxes are a little "cosy". The refreshment area really has had a complete metamorphosis, a comfortable seating area and a well stocked bar, even if it is all Greene King!. There is a very active events program in addition to a very complete mix of productions. Worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
Thank Peter B
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Worthing, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“La Boheme”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

A really lovely old restored theatre with a great history. The large bar area (with outside area) is a bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here.

Visited June 2014
Thank corinne c
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North Pole, Alaska
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Ballet is Ballet”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

If you are looking for Ballet, this is the place. We saw the "Christmas Carol", and it was a very faithful rendition. Good dancing and music. Nice for a date if you owe the wife one.

Visited December 2013
Thank Lloyd W
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Essex England
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Hmmmm - smell that atmosphere!”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a cracking Regency theatre. OK - the first rows in the pit (stalls) suffer a little from being on the level but the Dress Circle boxes are friendly with cosy seating which do require some dexterity to get in and out - but it makes for a good laugh!. Where else can you see a working Regency Thetare with such atmosphere. And talking of atmosphere, towards the end of our matinee performance today the adjacent Greene King brewery must have started off a new brew - and the whole auditorium was perfused with that beautiful smell of malting barley....Hmmmm!

Visited June 2014
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123 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is a unique theatre and well worth a visit. Lots to see and very helpful staff to help you get the most from your tour of the theatre.

Visited September 2013
Thank Way
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