The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has a busy month coming up – expect everything from drama and comedy to opera and jazz.
Until 5th March you can catch the epic wartime romance Flare Path which is set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery and paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain. This highly-charged drama stars Graham Seed (The Archers, Yes, Prime Minister) and Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders, Birdsong) and tells the story of RAF bomber crews and their wives and sweethearts left at home, awaiting their safe return.
Swansea City Opera take to the stage on 8 March with Puccini’s classic opera, La Boheme.
It’s Christmas Eve in Paris and a young poet, an artist and a philosopher are celebrating in their flat. Then comes a knock at the door, a lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark. It’s sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra and there is a pre-performance talk at 6.15pm by the artistic director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley.
The Magic of the Bee Gees on 11 March pays tribute to The Gibb Brothers and their songbook. Listen to such treasure as Heartbreaker, Grease and Islands in The Stream as well as the hits they performed themselves.
On March 24 jazz lovers will enjoy The Ronnie Scott’s Story which is a musical celebration of the famous club. Combining world class live jazz from The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Quintet, narration and rare archive photos and video footage, this show mixes classic music from jazz greats alongside tales of old Soho.
And rounding off the month is the Theatre Royal’s co-production with The Original Theatre Company, Invincible.
This is the story of London couple, Emily and Oliver who have decided to downsize and move to a small town in the north of England, meeting new neighbours Dawn and Alan. What transpires over a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art is a culture and class clash, both tragic and hilarious.
For full season details and tickets go to www.theatreroyal.org or call the box office on 01284 769505. The box office is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.