Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds stages a glorious comeback with Around the World in Eighty Days
The lights have shimmered back to life, the curtain raised and the show opens with a literal bang - Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is back in dramatic style.
The jewel in the town's artistic crown may have been dimmed during the pandemic but the venue - which once lay dormant as a barrel store for 40 years - knows how to make a comeback.
Around the World in Eighty Days, directed by the theatre's boss Owen Calvert-Lyons, is the perfect fresh start for the venue and the antidote to lockdown screen binges.
The Jules Verne adventure is an imaginative, bold and innovative piece of live theatre.
Physical, energetic and funny, the show transports audiences across the globe via rail, sea and even air.
When our lives have felt confined and narrow after a year of sacrifice and loss, the theatre is inviting us to broaden our horizons once more.
It is performed by three superb actors Oliver Stoney, Roddy Peters and Naveed Kahn who play more than 20 characters as they dash around the world - sometimes to knowingly comic effect.
Around the World in Eighty Days is a great taster for the next chapter in the Theatre Royal's story.
When Covid-19 forced its temporary slumber, a fund-raising campaign to help it survive raised more than £72,000, beating its £50,000 target.
The venue is an ode to resilience - a fighter which manages to navigate tough times while never sacrificing its entertainment raison d'être and the show is a testament to that.
Long may it continue.
Around the World in Eighty Days runs until Saturday, June 5.