The doors have opened at an historic theatre undergoing a multi-million pound restoration, with the £5.1m costs of the revamp almost reached.
The Theatre Royal was opened in 1819
After 18 months of building work, the Georgian-era Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds has opened its foyer for ticket sales before September's full opening.
The revamp involved restoring the Regency decor and a fresco of an East Anglian sky on the auditorium ceiling.
Theatre bosses said they are confident the last £100,000 needed will be found.
Colin Blumeneau, theatre director, told BBC News: "You walk in there and although it is architecturally the same space with a few alterations it feels completely different because the decorative work that's been done is just so different from the 1960s scheme that we had previously.
"We've got a big event in London to round the whole thing off for the Royal Academy and that's a big dinner, which will, I hope, raise us the rest of the money."
Work on the 19th Century theatre had been temporarily halted to allow excavations of a 14th Century well and a medieval pit at the site.