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East – Regional Theatre Guide

Suffolk, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich & Gorleston-on-sea are just a handful of towns that host a fantastic selection of Theatres in the East of England. Ranging from historical structures such as the Theatre Royal built in 1816, to modern buildings like The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, the East of England is a hotspot for theatre fans that won’t disappoint.

You can view our page on what’s on in the East of England theatres here.

A History of Theatres in the East of England

Bury St Edmunds is a real landmark for Theatres in the UK. The Theatre Royal is a Grade 1 listed playhouse from the 1800’s and it is the only one listed in the national trusts portfolio of properties that is open to the public. The Theatre Royal shows a year-round selection of dance, stand-up comedy, drama & music. It is also the only surviving example of a regency theatre in England.
Further across the East of England even more history can be found in venues such as The Pavilion Theatre in Gorleston-on-sea which dates to 1898 and was designed by the Borough Engineer J W Cockrill.
Other historical venues in the East of England include The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Theatre & Haverhill Arts Centre.

What is the best way to travel to theatres in the East of England?

The easiest way to travel to most of these theatre destinations is by car, however the trainline running from Liverpool Street is also a great way to quickly get to the East of England by public transport. We recommend checking timetables in advance so that you do not miss your show.

How do I buy tickets to theatre showings in the East of England?

The best way to purchase tickets at any of the theatres in the East of England is online. You can find a comprehensive list of the best shows on now on our regional theatre pages.

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