Theatre Trip – 18 September 2013

Mansfield Park 2The Ickleton Society has reserved tickets for a production of Mansfield Park (adapted from the book by Jane Austin) at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 18 September at 7.30pm.  We have 2 boxes in the Dress Circle which provide an excellent view of the stage.  Tickets normally cost £20 but we are charging £17 for members of the Society and £19 for non-members.  NB – if you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2013/14, do get your skates on so you can take advantage of the discount!   Nearer the time we will arrange lifts and to share cars.
To reserve tickets please contact and pay John Fowler by 4 August at the latest.  Telephone 531779 or e-mail
We have had a couple of trips to this theatre in the past and it is a great experience.  The theatre was built in 1819 and is listed Grade 1.  It is the only surviving example of a Regency theatre in the country.  It is owned by the Greene King Brewery, leased to the National Trust and sub let to the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Management Ltd.  A few years ago the National Trust restored the theatre to its Regency glory and it has a beautiful auditorium with an exquisite decorative scheme.  The Dress Circle Boxes are particularly interesting in their design and also give a really authentic intimate feel of a Regency theatre.
Of course, a play based on a novel written and set in Regency times couldn’t be more fitting for this theatre.  The story is centred on Fanny Price, an intelligent young woman who is unceremoniously uprooted from her humble family home and dropped into the bustling, aristocratic household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, where she finds herself buffeted from one crisis to the next. Yet, throughout this turmoil one thing remains a constant – her love for the generous, worthy and steadfast Edmund Bertram. But will this love be her salvation? Or will she be forced to marry the charismatic Henry Crawford for connections and wealth alone?
Come and find out!

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