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The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Tuesday Senior Acting Classes perform a double act of plays.
Drama Baby by Jamie Brittain
It’s the final rehearsal before the practical exam for A-Level Theatre Studies and two competing groups attempt to achieve the ever-elusive top grade whilst negotiating sex, alcohol and Antonin Artaud. As egos clash and new relationships are formed and broken, Drama Baby goes to the heart of what it means to perform and what it’s like when the costumes and lights are stripped away.
The Changing Room by Chris Bush
This lyrical piece explores what it means to be a young person in the age of digital nativism. Are they teenagers? Are they adults? Set in and around a swimming pool, The Changing Room follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires.
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Saturday Acting Classes perform a double bill of plays.
Talent by Victoria Wood
Talent centres on two friends, one of whom is about to enter a talent contest.
Forty Five Minutes by Anya Reiss
When a computer error means a group of students are given an incorrect deadline for their UCAS application they take to the school IT suite in a state of sheer panic. Forty Five Minutes explores what happens when young people are forced to make decisions about their future and being rushed headlong into adulthood when you still feel like a child.
Richmond School’s Drama Department has a reputation for gripping, high-quality performances and this latest showcase from the extra-curricular theatre company promises to be both thought-provoking and unforgettable.
Dramatic intensity will be unleashed when these talented actors present a showcase of their year’s work. With vibrant energy and a range of styles, the cast will use their every power to provoke and intrigue their audience in equal measure.
The School’s reputation for high-quality drama has been sealed by recent A-level performances and the company’s collaborative work with English Heritage at Richmond Castle. This production promises to be every bit as exciting.
Performance details will be released nearer the time.
Cheryl Barrett’s adaptation combines poetic license and plenty of humour to retell Rudyard Kipling’s delightful Jungle Book story.
A man-cub has escaped the clutches of Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger intent on revenge. Adopted by wolves, Mowgli the man-cub is taught the ways of the jungle by Baloo the bear and his friend Bagheera the panther, but will he ever find his way back to the human village?
Promising fun and laughter along the way, The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Junior Acting Class present their version of a much-loved classic.
Founded at the height of the war in Afghanistan to support women in the military community, The Military WAGS Choir has entertained thousands in audiences throughout the UK with their splendid singing and harmonies.
Conducted by Carol Gedye and accompanied by Brett Overin, they are delighted to be returning to The Georgian Theatre Royal stage to perform a vibrant summer concert featuring a wide range of popular music.
Having recently returned from a Concert Tour in the Rhineland, Germany, Richmond School and Sixth Form College Concert Band is delighted to perform in support of the WAGS Choir.
Based on the smash-hit 1976 film, Bugsy Malone is a fantastic musical featuring a catchy score, a thrilling plot and plenty of action.
Ex-boxer Bugsy is thrust into the gangster spotlight when he finds himself becoming the last hope that Fat Sam’s gang has of surviving, but will he get back to his new love Blousey in one piece?
By arrangement with Faber Musicals and featuring performers from The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Junior, Middle and Senior Musical Theatre classes, this show promises to be one of our best yet!
The Tuesday and Saturday Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Middle Classes perform a double bill.
Scary Play by Judith Johnson
The twins are having a birthday sleepover; as night draws in, the group attempts to scare the living daylights out of each other. Kal recounts the legend of a local house, said to be haunted by the ghost of a strange old lady who once lived there. The evening takes a terrifying turn when they challenge each other to sneak into the house, but what is lurking in the upstairs bedroom?
Mobile Phone Show by Jim Cartwright
A communication cacophony, a fully charged chorus line of chaos in a rhapsody of text, tweet and gabble. Jim Cartwright wrote Mobile Phone Show after spending time with young people who explained the significance of their relationships with their phones. With 80% of school age children spending on average 90 minutes a day on their phones, this challenging play explores the vital messages they can send. Performed by the Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre Saturday Middle Group.
When Jack, honest and upright, takes over as MD of the family furniture business, he expects to improve efficiency. But his managerial skills are no match for the wholesale fraud, deceit and theft which he uncovers in both the business and amongst his family. He soon has to succumb to blackmail because of his daughter, and this is only the first in a series of moral compromises he will have to make. Jack and his family unwittingly find themselves on a path from simple misdemeanours to murder.
Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed won the London Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. Directed by Gregan Davis.
This energetic and engaging presentation from the highly acclaimed History Wardrobe explores the dark drama of black in fashion and the best of British supernatural stories. It starts in the Georgian era with Jane Austen and comes right up to date with Susan Hill’s 20th century novel The Woman in Black – taking in the likes of the Brontes, Mary Shelley and Mrs Radcliffe on the way.
Learn about the intricacies of the Georgian dining room with antiques expert David Elstob, Director of Elstob & Elstob auctioneers based in Bedale.
Discover what you may find at the table and in the dining rooms of Georgian houses, from china and glasses to clocks, furniture and paintings.
The Georgian Drawing Room was a place of business, a marriage market and a stage for domestic drama. Join Ruthanne Baxter (Museums Services Manager for the University of Edinburgh) and Nick Finnigan (Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle) in a fascinating exploration of the development and role of the drawing room in fact and fiction through the books, music and life of Jane Austen and her contemporaries.
By turns humorous and heartbreaking, The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean celebrates the spirit of one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced.
Written and performed by award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor Ian Hughes, this captivating one-man show charts the rise and decline of the great 19th-century actor. Following years of hardship as a strolling player, Kean was catapulted to stardom following his performance as Shylock at Drury Lane in 1814.
Quickly becoming the most popular actor of his day, Kean electrified his audiences with his performances of Shakespeare. Yet within a few short years Kean’s increasingly erratic behaviour, fuelled by drink, ensured audiences remembered Kean for all the wrong reasons.
Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Why? Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place.
In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 gin and tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case). This is comedy, as ever, being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is.
Age recommendation 16+
One man’s story of shipwreck, solitude and salvation. As told by himself.
In a dynamic one-man performance, Defoe's classic novel is brought to the stage for its 300th anniversary. Rediscover Crusoe’s Island and the strange and surprising story of Yorkshire’s world-famous castaway.
Mark Cronfield has been a stalwart of North Country Theatre for much of his career and Crusoe's Island marks his first stage production for the newly established Fell-Foss Theatre, which aims to continue the tradition of crafting quality theatre in the Yorkshire Dales.
Join them as they embark on their first production.
Experience Chekhov's tragicomedy in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation of this classic text.
Isolated and seemingly beyond help, the weary inhabitants of one country household plunge head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives.
As the owner announces the estate sale for his own gain, the strains of repression and a chaste rural life begin to bubble among the hard-working occupants, until Vanya himself hits a palpable boiling point.
Theatrical Niche's acclaimed physical theatre team collaborate with international artist Lily Hunter Green, creating a unique showcase of art intertwined with this Russian masterpiece of desperation and the undeniable need for affection: at all costs.
This is an unmissable production of Chekhov's witty observations on the irrational human heart.
Suitable for ages 12+
A love story between the Royal Navy and their loyal ‘Jenny Wrens’
New WRNS recruits, Ginger and Lily, are looking for wartime adventure. Lily wants to serve on dry land but Ginger is desperate to serve at sea – and the sailors can’t believe their luck!
Full of dots, dashes, semaphore and song, Ginger and Lily find themselves in uncharted waters on a journey they’ll never forget!
This show pays tribute to all those wartime women who pushed the door to opportunity firmly open.
"As ingenious as ever" Reviewshub
Barb Jungr’s reputation as “one of the world's great cabaret singers” (Time Out New York) may have gone to her head, as she will now only sing songs by writers whose names start with the letter B.
But this means she can return to two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career. A good plan, because she is "one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today” (Village Voice).
In this brand new collection for 2019, Barb will turn her acclaimed ability at reinvention and reinterpretation to exploring her relationship with a set of Dylan and Brel songs she has never tackled before on stage or on disc, all in original arrangements.
“The alchemist among jazz singers… electrifying… the top rank of jazz singers… she is truly a marvel, who should not be missed.” The Telegraph
Since 1919, a total of 491 women have been elected to parliament but is was not until 2016 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament.
The achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable, yet the stories of many MPs have often been overlooked. Rachel Reeves (Labour MP, Leeds) brings these forgotten politicians out from the shadows and looks at the many battles fought by the women of Westminster.
This is a Richmond Walking and Book Festival event.
For an amazing fifteenth successive year, this ever-popular folk band return for another evening of scintillating entertainment.
Combining over 20 instruments with skilled harmony singing, Fourum bring to the stage a bewitching combination of their own original ballads - recounting the history, legends and characters of Swaledale - with a more traditional folk repertoire drawn from Scotland, Ireland and Tyneside. Against a backdrop of evocative images, the band also demonstrate their versatility with occasional forays into acoustic classical music and folk-based music from the 70s and 80s.
As always, their performance will be full of audience engagement and humour. This is a fascinating, feel-good evening of music, not to be missed!
Proceeds from this concert will go towards the continuation and development of The Georgian Theatre Royal.
A hilarious adventure filled with music and puppetry, for ages 3+.
When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery, as we jump and jive to the music in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme.
Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? With original songs played live on stage, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of imagination.
Goblin are an acclaimed theatre company who make shows for young people and families.
Tour supported using public funding by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts
"It was 24th June 2016 and I found myself contemplating a supermarket meal deal. I only wanted a sandwich and I only needed a sandwich but given that I could get a snack and a drink for only 5p more it seemed financially irresponsible not to. I had spent so long pondering the EU Referendum result from the day before that I was now in a massive rush. The lad on the till scanned the first two items no problem but the third item he couldn’t get to scan at all. I thought this is going to be a nightmare – there was a queue building up and he looked like he was going to call the supervisor. Then to his credit, he tried to scan it one more time, it wouldn’t scan – so he went ‘bip’ himself and chucked it through. And it was at that moment I thought ‘oh we’ll be alright as a country we will’.
And we will be alright. Trust me. I’m not a politician.”
As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I, and repeated on Dave.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s famous 1969 comeback appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival and relive the moment with classics performed on that heady late summer evening.
Celebrating one of rock music’s greatest icons, this stunning and definitive live concert will feature hits such as Like a Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, Blowin’ in the Wind, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, All Along the Watchtower, The Times They Are A-changin’, Lay Lady Lay and many more.
This is an aural and visual feast written by and starring genuine Dylan fans, complete with evocative visual projections and the fascinating stories behind the songs.
“Superb …. Does real justice to the great man!” Weekend Notes
“As close to the man as it’s possible to get.” The Scarborough Review
A secluded island hotel just off the English coast becomes a crime scene, as a scandal-inducing femme-fatale is felled. All the guests on the island are suspects, but are they alone and is all quite what it seems?
Multi-award-winning theatre company New Old Friends present Crimes on the Coast, a comedy thriller by Feargus Woods Dunlop and directed by James Farrell (Associate Director - The 39 Steps, West End). The show enjoyed a sell-out national tour in 2018 (under previous title Crimes Under the Sun) and hits the road again in 2019 featuring four actors playing multiple outrageous characters, and a plot that romps along in the company’s trademark inventive style.
Inspired by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and PG Wodehouse, you are invited on an hilarious but murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat.
“Murder most fun” British Theatre Guide
“A whodunnit romp” The Stage
“A comedy thriller of the highest order” Weekend Notes
“Side-splittingly funny watch” What’s Good to Do
“Pacey pun-filled frolic of a show͟” Rapscallion Magazine
Wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, a poor weaver, eaten up with bitterness and anger, becomes a doomed miser and recluse, until he is forced to take in a young orphan girl. Their mutual friendship leads to joy, love and his redemption.
Silas Marner, the great Victorian epic novel, is thrillingly and theatrically brought to the stage by the renowned Conn Artists Theatre Company in the bicentenary year of George Eliot’s birth. The heart moving action, set in the early years of the 19th century, is performed by an ensemble cast of seven actors accompanied by music and songs of the period.
“...does the production...faithfully capture the cumulative effect of the novel’s chains of incident and commentary? The answer is that it does.” Financial Times
Supported by The Arts Council and presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. Directed by Nick Young
Hailed by The Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing”, the formidable virtuoso Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire of stunning flamenco jazz, accompanied by guitarist Matthew Robinson.
A master of today’s generation of guitar players, Eduardo traverses the worlds of jazz, classical, world and popular music. He has collaborated with such diverse partners as Craig David, Juno Reactor, sitar maestro Nishat Khan, Lol Coxhill (sax) and the Dante String Quartet.
This promises to be a spellbinding evening of passion, verve and fleet-fingered virtuosity from one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion!
“Poignantly poetic... and truly breathtaking” Scotsman
Suzi Ruffell has made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs. This year she is actually happy. This show answers the question: are all stand-ups at their best when they are miserable? Fingers crossed no!
A mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test. This show has everything!
The last twelve months have been massive for Ruffell: a smash hit UK tour; heaps of television appearances, including: Live At The Apollo, Hypothetical, 8 Out Of 10 Cats; and she has learnt how to make the perfect lemon cake.
Come and see what all the fuss is about!
“Ruffell’s new show could hardly be any better” The Guardian
“The Raconteurish Ruffell is a hoot” The Telegraph
“On the cusp of stardom” Evening Standard
On his 20th Anniversary Tour, this tricky Geordie cheekster will present an array of old-school magic tricks and some brand-new cunning stunts!
Chris Cross is a multi-award-winning magician who has performed his unique magic acts and escapology stunts all over the world and for all sorts of people. Notable events have included a Christmas party for Prince Harry, Boy George’s 50th birthday party and Mike Tyson’s Sportsman’s Dinner. He has also appeared on BBC1’s The One Show and CBBC’s The Slammer.
This show is aimed at adults but the kids will enjoy it just as much, and it will be fun for the whole family.
“One of the weirdest things I’ve seen in a long time!” Alice Cooper, rock star
“Chris has performed several times at Alnwick Castle and has always impressed our friends and family.” Her Grace, The Duchess of Northumberland.
This breathtaking show has entertained audiences across the globe for more than quarter of a century and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles.
It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock.
The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. The hits just keep on coming - That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining in My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more.
“The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more.” The Stage
“Buddy brilliant!” Graham Norton, BBC One
Something is rotten in the town of Inglenook.
Sour milk, unread post, dogs howling day and night, the locals are vanishing...seemingly into thin air.
As fear haunts the remaining few, a young scientist is disturbed by a noise underground.
It’s the sound of terror, and it’s getting louder.
The Body Snatcher is an unnerving experience inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s hair-raising horror. Live action, music and storytelling combine in a tale of mystery, morality, and science unhinged.
No body is safe...
“What this company can achieve in a theatre space is astonishing!” Manchester Evening News
The SMASH HIT Comedy where only the audience knows all the rules…
Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules rigidly?
As long-held mechanisms for survival are laid bare, even Mum, who’s been preparing this lunch since last January, becomes embroiled. Time-honoured rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct, the rules take over.
In Sam Holcroft’s theatrically playful, dark comedy the instructions are there for all to see, audience included - so there’s really no place to hide.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. Directed by Beki Stevenson
Join ROS for an evening at the Musical Theatre Oscars. The red carpet is down for a theatrical adventure featuring some of the biggest musical and film hits of all time.
Each song tells its own story of emotions experienced at an awards ceremony, whether it’s jubilation or joy, dejection or anger.
At the heart of this evening of exceptional performances are 24 amazing titles from the top shows, including: Lion King, Wicked, Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Carousel, Billy Elliott and Spamalot to name just a few. Expect glitz, glamour and plenty of clamour!
An original production written by John Holliday.
Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 12 January 2020
Jump aboard our magical carpet and join us for this year’s spectacular pantomime.
Aladdin is a high-flying adventure for all the family featuring exotic locations, young love, mayhem and magic, and a wish-granting genie.
Brought to you by the Georgian Theatre Royal’s talented production team, it will have all the ingredients that you have come to expect from Richmond’s legendary pantomimes: fabulous characters; laugh-out-loud-comedy; amazing music and dance routines; and dazzling special effects. It is not surprising that last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty was chosen by The Observer as one of the best festive shows for 2018, and in 2015 The Telegraph named us the No.1 place to see a pantomime in the UK.
Book your tickets today and make your wishes come true!