Accomplished! Our return to the Theatre Royal stage with Company. Now we are preparing for our Autumn show – Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious Season’s Greetings.

Here are our future plans – we are still working on the schedule given the uncertainty that remains around the loosening of restrictions.

  • Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn – 9 to 13 November 2021 – ON SALE NOW – visit the show page for more information
  • Christmas entertainment – watch this space!
  • Me and My Girl by Douglas Furber and L Arthur Rose – April 2022
  • Summer fundraiser at the Theatre Royal 2022
  • Hello Dolly! by Jerry Herman  – Autumn 2022
The Irving Stage Company is one of the oldest theatre groups in Suffolk and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2019. It was formed in 1959 as The Irving Club by a group of enthusiasts anxious to present high quality theatre. We now perform primarily at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds – the country’s only surviving working Regency playhouse, which marked its 200th anniversary in 2019.

Our History

Paving the way for success...

Since 1959 the company has established a fine record for classical and contemporary theatre in the region. The Irving Youth Company was founded in 1986 and merged with the main company several years later where it still stages up to three productions a year. In 2019 we will be celebrating our Diamond Anniversary.

The company played a major role in supporting the restoration of the Theatre Royal both during the 1960s and the recent tremendously successful project of 2005-2007.

Priding itself on presenting a wide range of musicals and plays, the theatre group gives opportunities to those who have done it for many years (the oldest member being in his 80s) as well as those who have never trod the boards before.

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And now time for our Autumn production. Details below! Please Come along and support!

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Join us for Bobby’s 35th birthday?

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Would you want to miss this? Really? Honestly?

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All I want is a room somewhere.... #myfairlady @TheatreRoyalBSE

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Sounding amazing!

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An empty pit

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Sitz Probe preparation

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Each game of chess...

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Pit preparations

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Sound man Phil has checked in...

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Home for the week!

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#lovetriangle #chessthemusical #theatreroyal #irvingstagecompany

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Grudge match. @TheatreRoyalBSE March 12-16. In chess and love...who will conquer? #chessthemusical

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Grab your @buryfree @NKTJournal @haverhill for a preview of what’s coming up! We’re mega excited! @TheatreRoyalBSE

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Each game of chess means there’s one less Variation left to be played

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Press conference #chess

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And onto the next show.... #Chess #Merano

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Opening night @TheatreRoyalBSE . Absolutely fabulous show. Well done all involved! #alloallo

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While Allo Allo! Steps onto the stage @TheatreRoyalBSE next week, Chess rehearsals are underway!

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It is I. Leclerc....

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Good moaning!

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Mdm Edith, ‘entertaining’ the customers in Rene’s cafe...

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Capt Bertorelli, Colonel Kurt Von Strohm & Helga.

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Our Goals

A diverse range of productions

The Irving Stage Company has a uniquely strong tradition of regularly performing Plays, Musicals, revues and in special events for charity.

We try and be diverse with our production choices and welcome feedback on these from our membership and audiences. We are also always interested to hear suggestions for future productions so please get in touch with the committee if you think you know of a musical or play that you can see the Irving Stage Company doing well! You can look at a list of the shows that we have performed on our ‘Past Productions’ page.

Recent years have seen us perform musicals have included Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Jesus Chris Superstar (NODA award), Hairspray, Footloose, Jekyll and Hyde and Sweeney Todd.

Plays have included two Agatha Christie thrillers, And Then There Were None and The Unexpected Guest; The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stepping Out and A Chorus of Disapproval.

The group also ventured outside and performed Romeo and Juliet in the St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s cloisters.

Get Involved

Interested in being part of The Irving Stage Company?

We are always on the lookout for fun, enthusiastic people to work behind the scenes. Here you can find some of the areas you could get involved with, these are the jobs that make sure our productions run as smoothly as possible!

We would love to hear from you no matter whether you are experienced or have never been in a theatre before! You can find our contact details on the Contact Us page. Or if you prefer, you can use the form below and send us a quick message.

Front of House
selling programmes and raffle tickets as well as greeting audience members during show week.


Backstage Crew
helping the show to run as smoothly as possible by moving scenery/curtains between scenes.


helping to source the props and making sure they are in the right place at the right time during show week!


Hair & Make-Up
perfect for you if you’re interested in hair and/or make-up design for stage and would like to gain some more experience.

helping to source costumes and make sure that we have the right “look” on stage.

Get Involved

The Committee


Chairperson Julie Merrick

Treasurer Sian Couture

Business Manager Darian Vomund

Secretary Christian Jenner

Elizabeth William

Alex Telling

Julia Foulsham

Elected at the Annual General Meeting held 25 May 2021