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About Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds works to transform the lives of people in its local community through the power of the performing arts. We believe everyone, at all stages of their lives, regardless of background or personal circumstance, should have equal opportunity to engage in extraordinary cultural experiences.

Theatre Royal is a vibrant 200-year-old theatre located in the beautiful Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds. First built in 1819, it was restored to its original regency design in 2007 and as a Grade 1 listed building, is the only theatre in the National Trust portfolio and is considered to be one of the cultural sector’s ‘crown jewels’. As the last working Regency playhouse in the country, it offers visitors a unique and unforgettable theatrical experience.

A major cultural and social asset and a key part of West Suffolk’s culture, heritage and tourism offer, we serve a population of 370,000. We are the only theatre in West Suffolk that both receives and produces high-quality theatre, reaching 80,000 audience members each year.  We pride ourselves on the quality and innovation of our in-house productions, with recent successes including A Christmas Carol, Home, I’m Darling, and The Secret Garden.  Our eclectic programme is carefully curated to ensure we have something for everyone, whether it’s cutting-edge contemporary theatre, traditional drama, dance, comedy, music spanning genres from classical to pop, or award-winning productions for children and young people. Over 20,000 people attend our renowned annual family pantomime each year.

We pride ourselves on putting our community at the heart of everything we do. Our performing arts programme is augmented by a wide-reaching & diverse Creative Learning offer which engages targeted community groups through bespoke partnerships. Our ambition is to further embed the voice of our community within all aspects of our offer, ensuring that our cultural & education programmes are designed with, by and for the people of West Suffolk.

The theatre employs a paid staff of 25 alongside a wider team of casual staff and is supported by a dedicated team of approximately 140 volunteers.  It is overseen by a highly skilled non-executive board of trustees.  There is a Patron’s Scheme and a thriving Friends scheme numbering over 600 members.  The theatre receives core funding from West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council and also enjoys strong support from the local business community.


Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision is to bring the Theatre Royal into the heart of our residents. Our mission is to shape, produce and showcase high-quality, diverse theatre and participation activities that reach all corners of our community. Our values are:

  • Expansive: we work beyond the walls of our 19th-century building
  • Inclusive: we are open to all, both on and off stage
  • Transformative: we transform the lives of our community through work that is unexpected, high-quality, entertaining and thought-provoking
  • Collaborative: we work in partnership, learn from others and share the knowledge and expertise we have
  • Resilient: we are steadfast in our approach to strong governance, operational leadership and financial acumen




We are looking for a Technician to join the busy technical department responsible for the smooth operation of the Theatre Royal stage, and to provide technical support for all the company’s events. The role also works to ensure the general upkeep and repair of the theatre and its equipment.


£23, 216pa



Full Time



Application Deadline: Thursday 7th March 2024, 12pm

Interviews: Thursday 14th March 2024



Please complete the online application accessible here

CVs will NOT be considered



Click here to download the Technician Applicant Information Pack

Board Member (2 Places Available)


Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is seeking two new non-executives to provide practical assistance and support to the executive team as part of the Board.
Areas of specialism we are currently looking for include:

• Formal education
(someone with a good understanding of the education sector in Suffolk and a strong network within schools in our region)
• Media and Communications
• Arts and Culture
• Environmental Sustainability
• Local Government

Initially to be appointed for one three-year term but with the prospect of a second term.



Application Deadline: Monday 4th March 2024

Interviews: W/C Monday 25th March 2024






Please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected]



Click here to download the Job Application Pack – Board Member

Work Experience – Theatre Assistant (6 Places)


Our work experience programme has been designed in response to the high number of enquiries we receive from school and college students for work experience opportunities. These opportunities are available to 15 – 19-year-olds only.

We are delighted to be able to offer 6 students a work experience placement (3 each week), during 2 weeks in June 2024.

To apply for these places please ensure you are available during the dates and times specified. Complete the application document below before the closing date of 3rd May 2024 and we will be in touch within 2 weeks to successful students to book an interview.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any more than six placements, and these are the only dates we can operate within due to our programme of work, so we will be unable to move placements outside of these dates.

Due to the number of applications we get we will prioritise entries from Suffolk, West Suffolk, and those in low indices of deprivation.


The Role

Dates: 1 week commencing Monday 17th June OR 1 week commencing Monday 24th June

Times of Work: 9am to 4pm.


You will work as part of our Creative Learning team for a week. You will be managed and mentored by our Head of Creative Learning David Whitney and Young People’s Producer Emma Thorpe and other relevant members of the team. During the placement, you will gain valuable insight into the operation of our Doorstep Festival and will interact with our service users. You must have a keen interest in working with young people and be confident in talking to people.

Doorstep Festival is our annual schools festival where we take 2 children’s theatre productions out to 20 primary schools across Suffolk. These are then accompanied by a practical workshop.

Role Description:

  • Acting as a Doorstep Ambassador in our partner schools, representing Theatre Royal
  • Assisting with the setup and delivery of practical drama workshops
  • Working the theatre companies involved and being able to learn about life ‘on the road’.
  • Helping with any other events, workshops and craft activities.
  • Dealing with IT and phone enquiries where necessary.

During the placement, you will also:

  • Undertake a workplace induction
  • Attend a CV writing and interview skills workshop

How to apply:

Please fill out the form below, selecting the role you are interested in by the closing date 3rd May 2024.

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