The rear wall, screen, stage, and ceiling above the stage received considerable damage following an arson attack in September 2009 and are now undergoing careful restoration. The Regal Theatre had been extensively restored in 2007 so the fire was a major blow occurring just as the endeavour was achieving major success. After a six month hiatus, it will be back to square one in terms of rebuilding the audience. The arsonist was caught, not his first offence, but has yet to be sentenced.
Stowmarket Regal Theatre, December 2009.