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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds announces Jaynic as major new sponsor

The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, has today announced it has a major new three-year sponsor in the shape of land and business space developers Jaynic.

The new sponsorship provides long-term support for the Westgate Street theatre and its work.

As a registered charity, 17 per cent of the theatre's income comes from private support, via sponsorship, individual giving, funding from trusts and foundations and fund-raising events.

The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds. (47483853)
The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds. (47483853)

After 14 months of closure, this income stream is crucial to the survival of Theatre Royal.

Jaynic specialises in promoting land for residential and employment development, with its Suffolk developments including Suffolk Park, in Bury; EpiCentre Innovation Centre, in Haverhill; and the new Gateway14 park in Stowmarket.

Nic Rumsey, Jaynic managing director, said: "Jaynic is proud to be principal sponsor of the Theatre Royal at a time it has never been more important to support local and regional communities where the arts play a vital part.

Nic Rumsey, Janic managing director (47483327)
Nic Rumsey, Janic managing director (47483327)

"There can have been no greater loss to the communal vitality of Bury and its surrounding region than when the lights went out in the first pandemic lockdown a year ago, for all forms of entertainment including theatres, museums and art galleries. We are delighted that, 14 months on, the theatre is alive and well with an exciting programme of events already in the diary for the coming year.

"The Theatre Royal is an historic building within Bury that not only adds to the aesthetics and cultural values of the area but also creates a stronger bond with our past and attracts more people to the region.

"Preserving the theatre is beneficial not only for a community’s culture and heritage, but also for its local economy. As a developer Jaynic is creating new buildings, but we appreciate the need to protect historic buildings and what goes on in them."

Emma Suckling, head of development at the theatre, said: "We are delighted to welcome Jaynic as a major sponsor. To work with them for at least the next three years is a wonderful boost for us.

Artistic Director Owen Calvert-Lyons...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (47483858)
Artistic Director Owen Calvert-Lyons...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (47483858)

"Sponsorship offers companies like Jaynic an opportunity to engage with Theatre Royal and our audiences, whilst directly supporting the theatre.

"This support allows us to entertain audiences with our diverse programme of high-quality theatre, build on our strong community engagement projects working with people who are more vulnerable than others and will benefit local young people through our education and community programmes. These projects allow us to make theatre accessible for disabled people, those with mental health problems, young people at risk, senior citizens, those in rural communities or those simply unable to access theatre and the arts.’

Jaynic’s sponsorship comes as the theatre opens its doors to audiences for the first time in over 14 months.

On Friday, it opened to premiere its new production of Around the World in Eighty Days, directed by artistic director Owen Calvert-Lyons.

Tickets are on sale now at www.theatreroyal.org

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