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Every drama group knows the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! Scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and sound effects mistimed, as the ladies entertain with the cunning whodunit, ‘Murder At Checkmate Manor.’
And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the ‘murderer’, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.
|Saturday 12 Aug 2017||19:30|
The 18th century saw the birth of a new breed of professional auction house and with it, the rise of the celebrity auctioneer. Drawing on sale catalogues and newspaper reports from the period, Madeleine Pelling explores how these events dealt in the notion of taste.
Caroline Stanford, Landmark Trust historian and co-author of Landmark: A History of Britain in 50 Buildings, will reveal the fascinating story of Richmond’s Culloden Tower in an illustrated talk that features other Landmark properties both in Yorkshire and further afield.
|Wednesday 16 Aug 2017||19:30|
Editor Samuel Johnson and star actor David Garrick struggled for ownership of Shakespeare’s legacy in the 18th century. Professor Tiffany Stern looks at the souvenirs invented by Garrick to promote Shakespeare in performance, and the variorum notes invented by Johnson to promote Shakespeare on the page and asks to what extent modern ‘Shakespeare’ results from the tension between the two men.
A bold, brash and beautiful celebration of Jane Austen’s wicked women, and a truly revelatory look at clothes and crime in the 18th century, an era when stocking theft or silk smuggling carried serious penalties!
|Saturday 19 Aug 2017||19:30|
Several acting companies toured northern England in the late 18th century, and they covered considerable distances. Ian Small looks at how far they travelled and what travelling could be like for strolling players, whose journeys on tracks and unmade roads - and often on foot – were made in all weathers!
|Wednesday 23 Aug 2017||19:30|
See for yourselves why melodrama dominated the theatres of Europe at the beginning of the 19th century! This community performance (in translation) of this hit melodrama from 1805 combines musical flourishes, comedy and high drama in a grand theatrical spectacle. Supported by professional musicians.
Re-live the colourful world of 18th century theatre and hear songs that were performed by Richmond’s own theatre-builder Samuel Butler and his strolling company of actors. Grammy-nominated vocalist Vivien Ellis and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin bring these wonderful ballads of romance, crime, celebrity, sport and comedy back to the stage where they were originally performed.
|Saturday 26 Aug 2017||19:30|
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 12 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.
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced, funny man smashes laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. He also appears as a regular guest on 'Q'I (BBC2) and 'Alan Davies As yet Untitled' (Dave), and in 2012 returned to television stand-up with an appearance on 'Live at the Apollo' (BBC1). On BBC Radio 4, Phill is a regular panellist of the award-winning 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue' and 'The Unbelievable Truth'. 14+ Parental Guidance.
Enjoy an evening of Gallic warmth and passion conjured up through the chansons of the best-loved French singer-songwriters: Jacques Brel, Moustaki, Brassens, Edith Piaf and Barbara (Monique Andrée Serf). Sung in French, interwoven with explanations and stories about the artists, these songs have all the power to transport and touch us to the core.
Encore! comprises singer Maggi Stratford and talented musician Daniel Bowater on piano, accordion and guitar. Join them for a belle soiré!
"It’s fabulous to hear an English woman singing these masterpieces of French chansons so perfectly!" (French audience member in Paris)
|Saturday 23 Sep 2017||19:30|
Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date and is translated into over 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. Her most recent novel Out of Bounds was a number one bestseller and her brand new novel Insidious Intent will be published in August.
Val is also a regular on TV, radio and in print. Her recent projects include two BBC Radio 4 dramas, chairing the Wellcome Book Prize and captaining the 2016 winning University Challenge alumnae team.
Val will be discussing her writing, her inspirations and the fatal attraction of crime fiction! Her books will also be on sale.
A double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue-in-cheek and one straight down the line!
Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon created the original hilarious adaptation of 'The 39 Steps' which went on to be an international hit. Here they bring different approaches to the challenge of staging the supernatural.
Even the most sceptical, the most rational scientific mind, may have moments when something happens that seems to defy the laws of nature, when the wild landscapes of our dreams and nightmares seem to intrude on reality, when coincidence seems to be stretched to breaking point.
|Wednesday 27 Sep 2017||19:30|
|Thursday 28 Sep 2017||19:30|
Something’s afoot at Pearling Manor and it isn’t just the walkers. The beautiful hostel, rich in YHA history, is lovely but falling apart. External forces are out to grab and turn it into a golf club.
Cue Connie, first ever warden, with a heart as big as her rucksack. She takes us on a journey through the YHA’s past in the hope of securing its future.
With harmonies, hills and humour, join the popular Mikron Theatre Company on a hike through the history of hostelling.
The world-famous baroque quartet Red Priest, perform a colourful carnival of music from the 17th and 18th centuries in their own inimitable, high-octane style. Favourite works by the great baroque masters intermingle with some unsung heroes and brand new arrangements, in an evening of baroque brilliance with a modern twist. The programme will include concertos and sonatas by Vivaldi and Telemann, celebrated overtures, arias and variations by Handel, bizarre early baroque adventures from Biber and Mielczewski, and Royer’s extraordinary musical depiction of an attack of vertigo!
Led by recorder playing maestro Piers Adams, Red Priest consists of Adam Summerhayes (Violin), Angela East (Cello) and David Wright (Harpsichord).
This ever-popular local folk band return for their annual evening of entertainment at The Georgian Theatre Royal. Combining a range of over 20 instruments and memorable harmony singing, Fourum bring to the stage a bewitching combination of Scottish and Irish songs, complete with their own original ballads recounting the history, legends and characters of Swaledale and beyond.
Over the years, they have featured on radio, national television and performed in concerts and festivals in Britain and abroad. The group has also produced six albums and a book of their songs. As always, their performance will be full of audience engagement and humour, providing a fascinating, feel-good evening of fabulous music.
Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas.
Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. With new music, lovingly inspired by Prokofiev's classic - and featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf - this is 'Peter and the Wolf' as you’ve never seen it before.
This brand new show has amazing music created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables! Combined with imaginative puppetry, physical comedy and fun interaction, it will have children ages 4 jumping for joy.
Jeremy Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. In 2014, the tenth series of 'Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation' was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well-known for his appearances on 'The News Quiz' and 'I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue'.
His television credits include: 'Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk' (BBC2), 'QI' (BBC1), 'Mock The Week' (BBC2), 'Grumpy Old Men' (BBC1), 'Back In The Day' (BBC2), 'Not Tonight With John Sergeant' (BBC2).
“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.”
The Guardian. 14+ Parental Guidance. Likely to be swearing and adult content.
|Thursday 12 Oct 2017||19:30|
When young conscripts Cookey (Green Howards) and Bert (East Yorkshire Regiment) arrive in Richmond for training, little do they know they’re about to embark on one of the most important military operations of World War Two: The D-Day Landings.
Bringing to life the verbatim first-hand accounts of the five remaining York Normandy Veterans, this powerfully evocative drama takes you right to the centre of the action. It follows events from D-Day to VE Day through the eyes of five ordinary lads, and documents the lifelong impact of conflict on WW2 survivors today.
Meet the Veterans themselves after the show and talk to some of the men and women behind the stories.
When a mysterious new beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering outwards, bent utterly backwards and flattened low to find out exactly who they are dealing with.
Oscar Wilde’s raucous social comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rump-over-head in this scathingly funny satire.
As young Lady Windermere varnishes up all cracks in the veneer, how is it she fails to notice that the place is positively crawling with woodworm? Themes of stereotype, superficiality and personal sacrifice are all explored in this high-speed Commedia Dell'Arte adaptation of this classic work.
In this touring production, Pamela Schermann directs the Theatrical Niche team for the first time, bringing the expertise of her international theatre company Time Zone Theatre and following on from rave reviews for previous Wilde productions "Provocative and Enthralling" (Three Weeks); "Directed wonderfully" (Curtain Up Show); "Elegant, classy, emotive and emotional" (Fringe Review). Suitable for ages 12 plus.
|Saturday 14 Oct 2017||19:30|
Weaving Wodehousian witticisms, farce and highly quotable one-liners into a pair of intriguing 1930s whodunits, award-winning writer-performer Tom Taylor’s rakish aristocrat and first-time detective, Charlie Montague, must prevent a murder. The chap dies.
Not put off in the slightest, Charlie attends the opening of a new art exhibition where he is presented with a double-threat: murder and modern art. He is equally baffled by both.
Packed with non-stop laughs from start to finish and a revolving gallery of high society dames and eccentric waiters – all played by Taylor – this show was a smash hit at the Edinburgh Festival where it collected a host of four- and five-star reviews.
“A gloriously silly and subversive murder mystery that delights its audience”
|Thursday 19 Oct 2017||19:30|
For quarter of a century, this breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe 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
Singer/songwriter Kevin Simm found fame as one of the lead vocalists for the multi-platinum selling band Liberty X. The band achieved several Top 10 singles including the Number 1 hit 'Just A Little'.
In 2016, Kevin entered popular television talent show 'The Voice UK', which he went on to win and scored massive success with his debut solo single 'All You Good Friends'.
In this lively and entertaining show, Kevin will be performing tracks from his latest album 'Recover' amongst other hit material.
|Saturday 21 Oct 2017||19:30|
Following the success of their popular TV show 'Little Howard’s Big Question' (BBC1/CBBC), Howard Read as Big Howard and his six-year-old animated friend Little Howard are bringing their unique family comedy show to The Georgian Theatre Royal.
Little Howard’s big new act keeps going wrong, Roger the Pigeon has spent all their money on cookie cutters; his comedy counterpart Big Howard has been diagnosed with being clinically unfunny; and there’s a slug in the backstage toilet. And it’s about to get worse: a sinister figure arrives and the duo have to put on the best show of their lives to keep themselves out of jail!
With interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs, this is a show that all the family can enjoy.
“A great children’s show with plenty for adults to laugh at too” Sunday Express "Genius" Radio Times
“I defy you not to be helplessly charmed” The Telegraph
Traditionally a light is left burning on an empty stage. Some believe that the light is there to allow the ghosts of former actors to perform when the theatre is closed.
As part of the national Museums at Night festival, The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre is offering atmospheric tours of the Theatre in the ghost light. Go behind the scenes, hear about our history and meet the ghosts of some of the actors that have trodden these boards in the past.
Each tour will culminate in a dramatic presentation by our Youth Theatre. Come along if you dare!
Award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor returns to her Celtic soul/folk-roots with Cormac de Barra – her musical partner of some 15 years. Cormac has recorded three CDs of Irish Harp music and currently performs with Clannad and Moya Brennan. The combination of his harp playing with Hazel’s unforgettable voice is truly magical.
Coinciding with the 2017 release of the album 'See You Again', the show features some great newly composed songs together with O’Connor classics such as 'Will You', 'D-Days', 'Eighth Day', 'I'm Still Breathing' and 'Acoustically Yours'.
Special guest Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best-loved singer songwriters, performing at the Lincoln Centre, Glastonbury and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall as the special guest of Jools Holland.
Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that. Stu McLoughlin doesn't really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go.
After their previous self-funded, two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard (Bristol Old Vic) and Stu (Kneehigh) are at their wits end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything...
But can two of the South West’s favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic, and with live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in cross-dressing Tudor history that you'll never forget.
“This is premier league stuff... a hugely enjoyable evening of daft comedy.” Venue
“Both actors perform with bounds of enthusiasm, wit and technical skill; their versatility and range is outstanding.” Bristol Evening Post
|Saturday 28 Oct 2017||19:30|
Luke Jermay is incredible. He can read your mind! His awe-inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high-profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay is astonishing.
Sixth Sense has gained critical acclaim with 5 star reviews from Edinburgh to London’s West End. You’ll be amazed at Jermay’s incredible powers; he knows your past, present and future, sometimes better than you do. From your favourite schoolteacher to your childhood pet, Jermay impossibly knows all, sees all and tells (almost) all in an expert display of telepathy developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy.
“My jaw dropped repeatedly... Jermay puts us in a state where we can wonder whether life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before.” The Times
“Jermay is one of my favourite performers! See his show!” David Blaine
Portrait is a frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life, as seen through the eyes of a young black woman.
Inspired by her own experiences, Racheal Ofori uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes. After a hit run at Edinburgh and a successful UK tour in 2015, Racheal brings back her debut show for a 2017 tour.
"Ofori's excellent writing fuses poetry and prose to allow each character to vividly leap off the page." The Stage
"fearless and uplifting" The Scotsman
"She is near perfection." Broadway Baby.
Funded by Arts Council England and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
Martin Kemp is an actor, musician and TV presenter best-known as the bass player in the multi-million-record-selling band Spandau Ballet and for his portrayal as Steve Owen from the BBC soap opera East Enders. Other acting credits have included the 1990’s film The Krays, as well as in several television dramas including The Brides in the Bath and Can’t Buy Me Love. Kemp also appeared on a celebrity special of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire in January 2008 with his brother Gary to raise funds for the Encephalitis Society of which he is patron. He was also a finalist in the 2012 Celebrity Big Brother and earlier this year joined the judging panel of Gary Barlow’s talent show Let it Shine.
In this up-close night, Martin will be discussing his life in the public eye and answering audience questions.
A riotously funny satirical farce in the tradition of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead' and 'Shakespeare in Love', from the author of 'The Libertine'.
Elizabeth I is tottering at death's door. Conspirators are everywhere. Alternative comedian Lucius Bodkin becomes unwittingly involved in the political skullduggery and jiggery-pokery surrounding the ailing queen. He thinks he'll hit the big time - but he's reckoned without the Tudor backstabbers and the City wide boys.
The Clink could pass itself off as a long-lost Elizabethan comedy. In fact it is a brilliant political satire offering many sharp parallels with our own times, when art must be sponsored, but to be sponsored it must be 'safe'.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
Join Richmond Operatic Society and get in the Christmas spirit early with Scrooge! - The musical.
This is a delightful musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel 'A Christmas Carol' and is based on the film of the same name, starring Albert Finney. The musical premiered on stage in 1992 in Birmingham and has since enjoyed success on numerous UK tours. It is full of all the familiar characters including Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, the Cratchit family and, of course, the three Ghosts of Past, Present and Future.
The show promises lively and entertaining family entertainment with brilliant songs, full of life (and death) characters and maybe a happy ending along the way....
Scrooge! is sure to get you and your family in the festive spirit.
Click your heels together and transport yourself to the wonderful world of Oz! This year’s pantomime is based on the much-loved story of Dorothy and her friends the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and, of course, Toto the dog. This centuries-old tale has captivated generations and is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages, from those who remember the original 1939 movie to those who are taking the yellow brick road for the first time.
Over the years, The Georgian Theatre Royal has built up an enviable reputation for its pantomimes, which are well-known throughout the region for the very best in festive entertainment. We promise star-quality performances, catchy songs, dazzling special effects and oodles of hilarious family-style fun.
So, shut your eyes and repeat three times …. ‘There’s no place like the Georgian’. We’ll do the rest!