On sale now is our Autumn show, Hello, Dolly! See the “Shows” pages for details. And here’s what we have planned for the future – would you like to come and join us? We’d love to meet you!

  • Hello, Dolly! by Jerry Herman  – 8 to 12 November 2022
  • Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile – 18 to 22 April 2023
  • Autumn 2023 – Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Scroll down to find out how you can get involved – you would be very welcome.
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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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 Irving Stage Company?

We are a lively and friendly company who are delighted to welcome anyone interested in all the opportunities the theatre offers. We are always on the lookout for people to join us – on the stage or (equally important) behind the scenes.  If you are interested in performing, keep any eye out on social media, in the press, or on this website for details of our audtions.

And here are some of the other 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

Artistic Director – Sian Couture

Committee 2022/2023

Chairman Julie Merrick

Finance Officer Sian Couture

Business Manager Darian Vomund

Secretary Christian Jenner

Elizabeth William

Alex Telling

Julia Foulsham

Simon Spence

Elected at the Annual General Meeting held 9 June 2022