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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds receives £5,000 boost




A theatre has received a £5,000 boost from a village drama group which hasn't performed a show for four years.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds was given the money from the Walsham-le-Willows Drama Group, which wanted to put its reserves to good use.

The group has staged annual productions since 1994 but last performed in 2016.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has postponed its pantomime until next year. Picture by Aaron Weight
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has postponed its pantomime until next year. Picture by Aaron Weight

John Hall, co-founder of the drama group, said: "It's pointless having money that isn't doing anything. Theatre Royal was in a perilous financial state and we thought it would be nice to donate £5,000 to them."

The theatre, which last week postponed its pantomime until next year and will remain dark until spring, has raised more than £60,000 from its emergency reopening appeal .

Emma Suckling, head of development, said the donation was 'absolutely wonderful' and the messages of 'goodwill, love and care were overwhelming'.

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