Stage set for celebrity chef

A Norfolk celebrity chef is set to become the first to turn the stage of a Georgian playhouse in Suffolk into a gourmet kitchen.

A Norfolk celebrity chef is set to become the first to turn the stage of a Georgian playhouse in Suffolk into a gourmet kitchen.

Galton Blackiston will be cooking live on the boards of the Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds in March to raise funds for the venue's ongoing development, which reopened last year after a multi-million-pound restoration.

The chef, who was a finalist in the BBC's The Great British Menu, will be taking to the stage on Tuesday, March 4 to help generate cash for the playhouse's ongoing development.

Mr Blackiston, of the Michelin- starred Morston Hall in North Norfolk, will be performing at the theatre with fellow chef Neil Alston to create some down-to-earth and simple dishes.

“I think it is important to do live cookery demonstrations, like the one we are doing at the Theatre Royal, because it inspires people to cook at home and gives them the confidence to try creating new things,” said Mr Blackiston.

Colin Blumenau, artistic director at the Theatre Royal, said he was “delighted” that the unusual fundraiser was going ahead.

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“This is our first major fundraising event of this year, and it is important that everyone is aware that although the restoration of the theatre is complete, our heritage work is ongoing, and we rely on ongoing public support to do the work we do,” he said.

Tickets for the cookery show are available at the Theatre Royal box office on 01284 769505 or online at www.theatreroyal.org