Location Shoot: Fashion takes to the stage to mark our 200th issue




Where better to shoot the cover story for Velvet’s 200th edition than Bury St Edmunds’ 200-year-old Theatre Royal? Rohiny Belani, contributing fashion editor for the magazine, takes to the stage

Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey
Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey
Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey
Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey

On Location
Built in 1819, the historic Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is the only working Regency theatre left in the UK. Theatre Royal’s designer, William Wilkins - who also designed London’s National Gallery - was inspired by Taormina, Sicily for the interior of the theatre, including a hand-painted sky in the 359-seat auditorium.
The theatre was closed in 1925 after being bought by local brewer Greene King, who used the theatre as a barrel store until 1965 when it was revived into a working theatre once more. From 2005-7, Theatre Royal began a major restoration project to restore the building to its former Regency glory and is now the only theatre in the National Trust’s portfolio.
Theatre Royal is a producing house, creating at least three in-house productions each year, including its pantomime. It has a varied programme spanning family shows, comedy, drama, music and special events throughout the year, including names such as Dame Judi Dench in their line-up.

Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey
Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey

Diary Dates
From drama to fashion to politics, there’s something for everyone in Theatre Royal’s spring programme. . .

Richard, My Richard, April 11-27
Richard III rises from his car-park grave to find that History hasn’t painted him in the light he thought he deserved.

Front Row Fashion Show, April 28
See the hottest SS24 fashion from local brands and stores with proceeds going to Barnardo’s and Theatre Royal.

Rosie Holt: That’s Politainment, May 4
Host of the podcast Nonsensored, acclaimed comedian, actor and satirist who treads a fine line between comedy and politics!
Book now at theatreroyal.org

Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey
Velvet x Theatre Royal Credit Craig Harvey

Meet the Team
Model and stylist:
Rohiny Belani @asweetrohmance
Photographer/videographer: Craig Harvey @craig.harvey
Mua: Yvonne Aucott @yvonneaucottmakeupartist
Hair: Lucy Daplyn @lucydaplynbridalhair
Outfits: BAÉ @bae.special.moments
Jewellery: Nadia’s Collection @collectionbynadia
Location: Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds @theatreroyalbse


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