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date: 19 August 2019

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Colin Blumenau spent twelve years as artistic director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, a playhouse designed by neoclassical architect William Wilkins, and which first opened in 1819. Its restoration (2005–7) returned the Theatre to its original Regency state. As an integral part of this process, Blumenau and his team established the ‘Restoring the Repertoire’ programme, which revives forgotten Georgian dramas of rehearsed readings and full-scale productions. In this interview, Blumenau discusses the challenges involved both in restoring a Georgian theatre building and in staging Georgian plays within such a space.

Keywords: theatre architecture, William Wilkins, architectural restoration, Bury St Edmunds, audience.

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