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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Doors re-open at revamped theatre
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. Used with permission of Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal was opened in 1819
The doors have opened at an historic theatre undergoing a multi-million pound restoration, with the 5.1m costs of the revamp almost reached.

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.

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