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A celebration of music and song from the stage and silver screen.
Under the direction of Gillian Ash, Musicality Ladies’ Choir is pleased to return to The Georgian Theatre Royal with a summer concert packed full of songs from the silver screen, operatic highlights, musical favourites and Disney classics.
The Choir is delighted to welcome as their soloists, violinist Jonathan Sparey and alto Jennifer Ash.
Join us for an unforgettable musical evening!
In Shakespeare's day, when a company went on tour, a small group of actors would juggle a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire. The final choice of play would be left to the most powerful person of the household.
Following this tradition, the Globe Theatre is sending out a company of eight talented actors who will offer three plays to the most powerful person in the household, which in this case is the audience.
You will be asked to decide between three Shakespeare classics - The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. The curtain will go up and the most popular choice will be performed.
Join us for an unforgettable experience with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Tour, who are making a very welcome return visit to The Georgian Theatre Royal.
Showcasing the work of pupils from The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy in Ravensworth, Richmond, this lively show will consist of dance numbers from some of the greatest movies of all time.
A proportion of the money raised from this show will be donated to Cancer Research.
In a world not unlike our own, a struggling family face a difficult decision, leading their children into the woods alone. But who is the mysterious old lady in the beautiful house, and should they follow her?
A reworking of a familiar tale performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Monday Junior Class, this is not Hansel and Gretel as you know it.
Moving out for the first time can be daunting, as the Three Little Pigs know. The competitive siblings start their own lives stalked by a ferocious wolf; but is he who he appears to be?
An adaptation of a story we all know well, performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Saturday Junior class, with a compelling twist in the tale.
The Belle View
Belle lives the life every teen dreams of; millions of followers, sponsors galore and worldwide fame; but is her life as perfect as it seems? A cautionary tale inspired by Beauty and The Beast.
Performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre's Tuesday Middle Class, this play explores the meaning of vanity and questions why we put such a high value on our looks.
A mistreated sibling, fairy godmother and an amazing pair of shoes. Ash is a ‘rags to riches’ tale of a downtrodden teen and discusses the consequences of getting what you truly want. This modernised Cinderella story is far from traditional.
Performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre's Saturday Middle Class, this rewrite promises to shock, entertain and most of all make you think.
Through the rabbit hole we find an alternative universe populated by talking rabbits, grinning cats and living playing cards. Alice negotiates her very troublesome journey with the help of friends she meets in her dreams. Now if she could only remember how she fell asleep in the first place, she might be able to wake up.
A musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland featuring music everyone will know and love. Performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Junior and Senior Musical Theatre Classes.
A young woman must make a dangerous journey to save the life of her ailing grandmother, facing terrifying predators along the way. Should she complete her task or tackle the wider problem in her society? A new version of a much-loved fable explores what it means to stand up for yourself when you have everything to lose. This Red Riding Hood is not for the faint-hearted.
Performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Tuesday Senior Class.
An anonymous artist makes a powerful pact when his masterpiece is stolen by a competitor. Travel into this twisted world with us to discover the meaning of revenge.
Performed by The Georgian Theatre Royal Saturday Senior Class, this Rumplestiltskin tale reminds us that all deals have consequences and that there really is magic in a name.
They say all political careers end in tears. In Gyles Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip comes to The Georgian Theatre Royal with his new one-man show Break a Leg!
This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known and the theatre stories that have made him laugh – and, occasionally, cry. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Radio 4’s Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.
“Incredibly funny, wildly indiscreet.” Daily Mail
“Very funny.” Sunday Times
“A dead-pan comic to rival Jack Dee.” Daily Telegraph
“Brilliant. A serious talent for making people laugh.” Daily Mirror
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford ̶ only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.
As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself ̶ along with his inner Lear!
RADS present this terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue and plenty of twists and turns by the writers of Spitting Image and Harry Enfield and Chums.
A diary from the 1760s by an unknown Richmond woman has recently been uncovered. We know exactly what she thought about shopping, ribbons, gardening and menfolk but her true identity remains a mystery.
Join Jane Hatcher and Bob Woodings – authors of a new book containing the diary – for an entertaining talk that has all the intrigues of an Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’.
Methodists and Thespians attacked each other for most of the second half of the 18th century. The famous preacher George Whitefield was a particular target for satire, and he and Methodists were wickedly portrayed on stage by such writers as Samuel Foote. Ian Small (Chairman of the York Georgian Society) will explore how the two sides locked horns and how the theatre fought Methodism for the souls of the British people!
Part of the 25th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, this afternoon concert features the English tenor Nick Sales who works extensively with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, together with soprano Sarah Helsby Hughes, Artistic Director of Heritage Opera.
The concert will feature many highlights from the music of Strauss, Lehar, Romburg and others. Nick and Sarah will be accompanied by the Festival’s Musical Director, Andrew Nicklin.
The nine Yorkshire commissions of the renowned English landscape gardener Humphrey Repton spanned twenty years between 1790 and 1810. To mark the publication of their new book, Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch will be offering new insights into these commissions that included Wentworth House, Rudding Hall, Mulgrave Castle, Harewood House and Oulton Hall.
This talented ensemble of young, improvising, musicians from Richmond and the Dales return to provide another feast of original music and jazz standards.
Richmond Jam arose out of a workshop at the 2009 Richmond Jazz Festival. Since then, regular workshops – some led by professional jazz musicians – have taken place to help those aged between 11 and 19 to create their own music through individual and group improvisation. This performance is a showcase of their talent.
Richmond Jam is funded by NYMAZ, North Yorkshire Youth Support and BlueBoxt Productions.
Enjoy a spectacular evening of song in the company of talented soloists fresh from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and La Scala.
Graeme Danby (bass and compere - pictured), Valerie Reid (mezzo soprano), Sarah Fox (soprano) and Austin Gunn (tenor) will be performing a wonderful evening of music, including pieces by Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Quilter and Flanders & Swann. They will be accompanied by Martin Dack on the piano.
This concert is being held in aid of We Can Dance, (registered Charity number 1136698), supporting music and dance for children with special educational needs.
All is not well at St Monica’s Hospital. They’re on life support; facing bugs, bed-blockers and a battle to save A & E.
70 years ago, Nye Bevan gave us free healthcare for all. Can his dream survive the demands and pressures of the 21st century? Can Nurse Danuta save the day with her Polish pastries and proverbs?
With tunes, transfusions and titters, join the ever-popular Mikron as they make a surgical strike on the state of our NHS.
“Mighty little Mikron” The Guardian
“The cast joyously celebrate the achievements of the NHS.” The Stage
In partnership with the Richmond Walking & Book Festival and CRACCL Libraries, Salley Vickers, popular author of The Cleaner of Chartres and Miss Garnet's Angel, talks about her latest book The Librarian.
Described as a 'charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England', Sylvia moves town to start a new job as a children's librarian. Falling in love with an older man, plus connections with his daughter and a neighbour's son, will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat. How will everyone's lives, and the library, alter as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?
Salley will be signing copies of her books after the event.
Bestselling crime writer Peter Robinson and acoustic and electric guitarist Martin Carthy combine fiction writing with music and song in what promises to be an evening to remember.
President of the Walking and Book Festival, Peter Robinson is best known for his crime novels set in Yorkshire featuring Inspector Alan Banks. Martin Carthy is one of folk music's greatest innovators, inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Sharing the stage, Peter will be reading from his works and Martin will perform songs that complement the text.
Peter's latest book Careless Love will be on sale along with many of his other titles, as will a collection of Martin's music.
The incredibly talented comedian Kerry Godliman’s straight-talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering many of life’s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden centre? Why collect her children’s teeth? And, even though she can't stand aubergines, why is it her favorite emoji?
Kerry is best known for her appearances on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Jack Dee’s Referendum Help Desk, Channel 4’s Derek and Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kerry is also a regular on Radio 4 with appearances on the esteemed News Quiz, The Now Show and Just a Minute, as well as her own series Kerry’s List. Most recently, Kerry has starred in Sky Atlantic's critically acclaimed drama Save Me, as well as Channel 4's new show, Rob Beckett's Playing for Time.
14+ (Parental Guidance) likely to be swearing and adult content
“Intelligent, silly and – at all the right moments – laced with righteous ire.” The Guardian
“…A great comic who oozes personality” Evening Standard
“The best comic timing on the fringe… You quite literally have to be there.” The Sunday Times
Deeds Not Words with Helen Pankhurst
2.30pm, tickets £6, £8 & £10, book stall
One hundred years after the Fourth Reform Act, which saw propertied women over 30 gain the vote for the first time, suffragette descendent and campaigner Helen Pankhurst charts how the lives of women in the UK have changed over the last 100 years.
At this last event of the Richmond Walking & Book Festival she celebrates landmark successes, little-known victories, where progress has stalled or reversed, looking into politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms.
Combining historical insight with inspiring argument, Deeds Not Words reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go and how we might get there.
Sponsored by: Gillian Howells and Nobby Dimon
It's Berlin, 1914, and the music has to stop. Kaiser Wilhelm has summoned a dance instructress from England to put his officers through their paces, but now war is only days away…
From ballroom to battlefield and beyond, this intriguing two-person show charts the friendship of a man and a woman caught in their nations' crossfire.
Written by Stuart Fortey and directed by Dominic Goodwin, the production stars Cal Stockbridge and Dominic Goodwin who is making a welcome return to The Georgian Theatre Royal following his years as the legendary pantomime dame.
“An unusual story . . . a wonderfully written play skilfully combining humour and stark moments of wrenching sadness.”
Buxton Fringe Review
For the eleventh successive year, this ever-popular folk band return for their annual evening of scintillating entertainment at The Georgian Theatre Royal.
Their unique blend of multi-instrumental music, close harmony singing and engaging humour brings a wide range of folk music to an audience which finds itself rapidly drawn into the atmosphere of the evening.
Central to the band’s repertoire is an exciting range of their own original ballads recounting the history, legends and characters of Swaledale and Wensleydale, together with traditional Tyneside, Scottish and Irish music. With ocassional musical surprises from Vivaldi to Lindisfarne, this promises to be a feel-good evening for everyone to enjoy.
Proceeds from this concert will go towards the continuation and development of The Georgian Theatre Royal.
Some girls like football. Some boys like pink. Everyone likes a good story.
Exploring gender stereotypes in a fun, questioning way, Princess Charming is a celebration of being exactly who you are. This show is for anyone who doesn’t like being told what to do and is about finding the courage to defy expectations.
Explore what really matters about being a boy and being a girl with dances, songs and skits created with children, for children. Expect laughter and sing-alongs in a cabaret show that is suitable for all the family.
Classic Clapton features front-man Mike Hall who not only looks like Eric Clapton, he sings and plays guitar like him too! They were formed in 1985 in Newcastle long before the term 'tribute band' was invented. In the past three decades they have become something of a rock institution.
Widely regarded as the world’s no. 1 Clapton tribute band, Classic Clapton has toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad, including appearances at the Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival, and have released three of their own albums.
The show is a two-hour journey through the whole musical career of Eric Clapton including all of his best-known hits - Wonderful Tonight, I Shot the Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Crossroads, Tears in Heaven, Layla and even an unplugged segment.
Trump. Your wrong. Brexit. Your wrong. Facebook. Your wrong. Tinder. Your wrong. Religion. Your wrong. Fashion. Your wrong. Grammar. Your wrong!
We are being watched. Whether it’s the grammar Nazis on the Internet, the court of public opinion in the media, the government through our smart phones, the aliens from deep in the crust of the moons of Jupiter, or by God himself, we are being monitored. The pressure to ‘get it right’ is tremendous! Right?
Your Wrong questions the nature of understanding and explores our modern day need to be right about everything.
***** “…a show that makes you laugh and think while you are watching, and then wakes you up in the night to laugh and think again.” The Scotsman
***** “.. not just comedy but soul-quenching storytelling at its finest” EdFestMag
14+ Age Recommendation. May contain adult themes and strong language.
Last year, Arrival was voted the ‘best Abba show’ and ‘most authentic Abba show’ by the UK Abba Fan Club. Widely regarded as the world’s No. 1 Abba tribute band, Arrival has performed to millions of Abba fans across the globe in over 26 different countries.
Combining stunning vocals, beautiful harmonies, lavish replica costumes and choreographed dance routines, Arrival are a full live band that create a truly authentic Abba experience. Abba fans old and new can look forward to songs such as the Eurovision winner Waterloo, through to the haunting sounds of Fernando and Eagle, then back to the toe-tapping favourites Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me and the ever-popular Thank You for the Music.
James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian period. He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly for hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.
This story is a reflective account of his life, told through ‘Jimmy’s ghost’ and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law. The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill’s own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time, incorporating some newly commissioned pieces.
Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom Mcconville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family. Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East’s finest singers Alan Fitzimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Rae.
Join your hosts, Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler, as they bring the UK’s finest spoof chat show and chaotic cabaret to Richmond for one night only!
Fresh from their second year at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ross and Josh are ‘Vic and Bob for the video game, grime generation’ (Scotsman), bringing you a prime-time dose of high energy, multimedia hilarity and some very special guests.
“More originality and inventiveness within a few minutes of this show than in the entire duration of other Fringe hours” Skinny
“A unique treat” EdFestMag.com
**** “Setting a high benchmark for alternative comedy” Yorkshire Post
16+ age guidance
From Newcastle to Nashville, Hayley McKay has been wowing audiences with her own brand of pop/Americana/country music.
She has recently played at Glastonbury, Cornbury, Northumberland Live, SummerTyne American Festival and Hardwick Live, and supported artists including Albert Lee, Tom Jones, Martha Reeves and Scouting for Girls.
Hayley and her band will be performing original songs, including those from her self-titled debut album, as well as popular cover versions.
“Beautiful voice and moving lyrics, infectious pop melodies/country influences” The Telegraph
“Hayley McKay – another fantastic musician to grace our pages” Holly Payne, Editor, Maverick Magazine
“Hayley delivered in spades. I had never seen her before or hardly heard of her, but I’ve now become a fan” – Time Out Magazine
Ken and Chris arrive for a party to find host Charley in his bedroom suffering from a bullet wound and the kitchen staff have disappeared! Len and Claire are next, themselves injured in a car crash.
They are soon joined by the pragmatic Ernest and Cookie, followed by Glenn and Cassie, who have relationship problems.
Rumours abound regarding Charley and his wife Vivian. What happens when the police arrive? Is there an explanation of the rumours and Charley’s situation and who will concoct an explanation for what actually happened on the night?
RADS present the British version of this splendid farce by the writer of The Odd Couple, California Suite and The Sunshine Boys.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. Directed by Jim Brown.
A local operatic society attempts to put on a simple Nativity show. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, with this bunch of misfits, anything is possible!
The Nativity Saga tells the story of a rather unsuccessful attempt at an amateur society putting on the most famous story of them all. It is packed full of amazing songs, ranging from modern musical numbers, through to Christmas hits of the decades, to the more traditional festive classics.
Expect the unexpected with costume disasters, scenery issues, relationship dilemmas, musical mayhem and a lot of self-indulgent drama queens. Get into the festive spirit early and enjoy the chaos that will unfold!
Written and directed by John Holliday
We are delighted to announce that our next pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty and this traditional tale is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.
The Georgian Theatre Royal pantomimes are well-known throughout the region for the very best in festive entertainment. We promise star-quality performances, catchy songs, dazzling special effects and heaps of hilarious family-style fun.
This year, The Georgian Theatre Royal is delighted to be introducing a Relaxed Performance of Sleeping Beauty. It is open to everyone but is designed specifically for children, young people or any patrons with learning disabilities, additional support needs and those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, as well as their parents, teachers or guardians - in fact, anyone who feels they would benefit from a less formal and more relaxed environment.
The performance will take place on Wednesday 19 December 2018 at 1.30pm. It is essentially the same show but with some small adjustments to the production to cater for people who feel they might not be able to attend a regular performance but still want to enjoy the magic of pantomime and a live theatre experience.
Special features include:
Reduced sound levels and no sudden loud noises
No strobe lighting or pyrotechnics are used and some special effects are changed
The house lights remain on in the auditorium
Auditorium doors are left open so you're free to come and go
Additional staff will be on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre.
All tickets are £10.50 (includes £1 restoration levy).
If you would like to talk through the suitability of the performance, then please contact the admin office on 01748 823710 and we will do our best to help.