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What is a restoration levy?

Read more below about what a restoration levy is, why we have introduced it, and the improvements it will help support.


The Regent Theatre opened in 1929 as a cine-variety hall to crowds of nearly 2,000 people who had come from across Ipswich and Suffolk to witness this momentous occasion.

Since then, the Regent Theatre has welcomed a wide range of shows to Ipswich, including some of the biggest names in entertainment, and we believe that the Regent Theatre offers a unique venue for a mixed programme of entertainment.

The Ipswich Regent Theatre is the largest theatre in the East of England, with over 1,500 seats and an incredible programme of touring shows, West End musicals, big-name comedians and intimate ‘evening with’ shows – there’s something for everyone at the Regent Theatre!

But we know – because you’ve told us – that improvements are required to maintain and improve the high-quality experience you expect when visiting the theatre, and to ensure that the Regent Theatre remains at the forefront of Ipswich’s visitor economy for many years to come. We regularly seek feedback from audiences, and the most common comments relate to our toilet provision, venue accessibility and queues to the bar.

To help improve these areas, we are undertaking a significant refurbishment and redevelopment project to our front of house areas. To fund the estimated £3 million cost of the project, we need to introduce a restoration levy of £1.50 on all tickets purchased.