UK – Bury St Edmunds – Theatre Royal

Dates: 1819 – present

The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country.

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The theatre was closed in 1926 and used for 33 years as a barrel store by the Greene King brewery, who owned the land on which the theatre was built.

In 1959 a group from the town formed to try to get the venue reopened.


1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand LC Switchboard in Gallery. Dimmers – 48 (2kW and 3kW); 2 presets; 6 groups. Circuits – 18 round Gallery FOH; Flies 20; Stage dips 10. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 76kVA on 3 phases. Special effects supply – none. No followspots. No foot lights, although ground row available.
Sound: No permanent installation. 

Later equipment included a Strand 120 way Threeset with Thyristor dimmers. 
Ian Callander recalls ‘The response time of the thyristor meant that ‘snap’ cues became a 1-2 second fade’. 

Links to information about equipment at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds over the years

  • Duet / Duet 2 (Strand)
  • STM (Strand)
  • LC / System LC (Strand)
  • Threeset (Strand)
  • Mentions of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in indexed journals




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