Through our close partnerships with specialist organisations such as Women’s Aid, Bury Drop-In, Suffolk Young Carers, GeeWizz, Mind, Age UK, The Mix in Stowmarket, the Benjamin Foundation in Thetford and The Hub in Mildenhall, we have specialised in working with vulnerable people to make their voices heard through performing arts. This is the lifeblood of our mission. At the same time, we are acutely aware of those who do outstanding work in the region but whose funding applications have not been successful and will therefore be facing an uncertain future.”
Theatre Royal is the only working Regency theatre, one of only six Grade-I listed theatres in England, the only theatre in the National Trust’s portfolio and considered to be one of the cultural sector’s crown jewels. Our eclectic programme is carefully curated to ensure that we have something for everyone, whether it is cutting-edge contemporary theatre, traditional drama, dance, comedy, music spanning genres from classical to pop, or award-winning productions for children and young people.
With this funding, our ambition is to further embed the voice of this community within all aspects of our offer, ensuring that our cultural & education programmes are designed with, by and for the people of Suffolk.
We would like to recognise and thank both the local authorities, West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council, as well as local businesses, the Town Council, communities and individuals for their long-standing support of the theatre. Reliance on private sector funding from individuals and sponsors, which has always been crucial for the theatre’s sustainability, particularly in recent years, will continue. This support provides 18% of our core annual costs. This additional funding from ACE will raise Theatre Royal’s ambitions even further and allow us to serve the audiences of Suffolk with the quality and scale of work they deserve.