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Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal to stage outdoor production of A Christmas Carol




An outdoor production of A Christmas Carol is to be staged in the heart of Bury St Edmunds next month.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will bring the Charles Dickens classic to life on Angel Hill, against the backdrop of The Angel Hotel, in a 24-show run from December 11.

With in-the-round staging and headphone technology, the theatre promises to transport audiences into a 'Dickensian world'.

Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham
Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham

Owen Calvert-Lyons, Theatre Royal CEO and artistic director, has adapted the story with Ian Jarvis.

He said: “This is perhaps the most challenging context we have ever made a production in, but it feels more important than ever that we make theatre for the people of Suffolk this Christmas.

"This is our country’s most iconic Christmas story and now feels like the perfect time to tell it.

Owen Calvert-Lyons, artistic director/CEO of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley
Owen Calvert-Lyons, artistic director/CEO of Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley

"It is a story which celebrates the human condition; a story in which humanity and compassion triumph over greed and selfishness.

"It’s a story which reminds us why this time of year is so special and The Angel Hotel, where Dickens wrote The Pickwick Papers, is the perfect backdrop for this powerful and enchanting Christmas story."

The professional cast of five include local actors Matthew Cavendish, Rebecca Peyton and Howard Saddler along with Paul Sandys and Melissa Lowe.

The 60-minute show will be performed twice on Angel Hill each evening from December 11 to 24 at 7pm and 9pm (excluding Tuesday 15 December and Monday 21 December).

The Christmas Eve performances will be at 5pm and 7pm.

The production has been made possible with the support of West Suffolk Council and is sponsored by Taylor Wimpey East Anglia.

Caroline Carter, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia “We are delighted to sponsor Theatre Royal’s A Christmas Carol outdoor production this winter, as we understand the value that shows like these bring to local communities.

"We hope this provides some much-needed festive joy to the people of Bury St Edmunds this Christmas.”

The show will be a socially distanced, promenade event with no seating and audiences will be standing and required to wear masks.

The Angel Hill car park will be closed at 5pm each evening (3pm on Christmas Eve) to allow for the technical crew to set the stage each evening.

Tickets are on general sale from Saturday, November 7. Visit theatreroyal.org

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