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Thus far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him.
Nonetheless, several decades of cheerfully bearing witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man. And so can a prosecco-fuelled Christmas.
Rose d'Or winner for radio comedy and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Paul has appeared on Radio 4’s Just A Minute and The News Quiz and on television’s QI, Would I Lie to You? and Taskmaster. Paul also stars as 'The Sinnerman', on the ITV quiz show, The Chase.
“One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians” - The Times
Age recommendation 17+
The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down, Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother and features hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood and her life as a single working mother.
Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest and definitely embarrassing for all of Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself, this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling – and appallingly funny – maternal behaviour.
“Arabella Weir has a unique knack of making appalling (and true) stuff funny.” – Sandi Toksvig
“Arabella Weir is simply sensational.” – Joanna Lumley
“She’s a mother, she’s a comedy godmother, and her show is mother******* marvellous.” - Miranda Hart
“Mirth, motherhood, misery. Arabella is brilliantly funny in her new show.” - Paul Whitehouse
Age recommendation 16+
Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.
But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train-related crime fiction.
With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService (who brought the hilarious Mr Darcy Loses the Plot to the Georgian in 2017) give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.
So, don’t blow your stack, this show is just the ticket to help you let off steam and overuse many more railway metaphors. It will appeal to crime aficionados and narrow gauge railway enthusiasts alike.
“LipService - The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Independent
“The object of power is power.” George Orwell
Based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson
2020. The President of the United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation. In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Mayor Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal independent, announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.
However, as voting day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s press secretary grows increasingly suspicious of the mayor’s close friend – Mister Edward Hyde. As the
rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – culminating in a final dark night, where all secrets are told, all truths are found, and a dreadful reckoning will take place.
Fifteen-times Off West End Award-nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre brings its critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic to the stage as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power.
Written by Ross McGregor, this bold new adaptation stays true to the original text’s themes, making it a great night of entertainment for fans for the novella; a thrilling and clear physicalisation for students of the text; and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale.
Contains violence and strong language. Suitable for 14+
In this new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless classic, six of the best-loved tales will be told in a variety of styles packed with colourful characters and strange situations.
Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a period travelling theatre, the three-strong cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer's characters to riotous life.
This is definitely not a dry academic take on English literature. The show is fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny!
Please note - The show is unsuitable for under 12s (and serious scholars of the late Middle Ages...)
About the Tales
Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is the high-water mark of medieval English literature. It centres on a disparate group of pilgrims who are travelling to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral who tell each other stories to while away the journey. All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale.
Although Chaucer wrote his masterwork over 600 years ago, it still feels contemporary, fresh and vital and wholly accessible to modern audiences.
Snake Davis is the sax-man on the hits by M-People and Lisa Stansfield and in particular played the iconic opening riff on A Million Love Songs. His soulful sound has been heard with many great artists, from McCartney to The Eurythmics and Klingande to Calvin Harris.
Chris Bannister is a singer-songwriter-guitarist of immense talent and class. The two met when Chris was invited to play an opening set on a Heather Small tour some years ago. They bonded immediately, both socially and musically. Various collaborations followed, including in Snake’s ‘Classic Sax Solos’ show, but 2019 saw their first performance as a duo. Like Snake, Chris’s influences are broad, encompassing folk, pop, soul, country and more.
The evening promises a rare quality. Expect an exhilarating and varied set of wonderful songs, presented in this most intimate of settings.
Led by Chloe Foston’s astonishing vocals, Solitaire pays homage to the unforgettable music of Karen and Richard Carpenter, with authenticity at the heart of the show.
Dedicated to recreating the original Carpenter's live experience, this five-piece band perform classic songs including: Top of the World, Close to You, Only Yesterday, Goodbye to Love, Rainy Days and Mondays, Jambalaya, Please Mr Postman and many, many more.
With a huge back catalogue of amazing music, and a live band sharing a collective passion for recreating the Carpenter's sound, Solitaire has delighted audiences all over the country.
Join us for an evening of tall tales and anecdotes; poetry and prose as Barrie Rutter OBE makes a welcome return to The Georgian Theatre Royal.
An undisputed figurehead of northern theatre, Barrie is best-known for setting up the pioneering touring company, Northern Broadsides, with its ambition to deliver stories to northern audiences in full-blooded, unapologetic northern dialect in non-traditional spaces.
The company became one of the foremost touring theatre companies in the country, winning the approval of audiences and critics alike and picking up some big name patrons on the way, including Tom Courtenay, Stephanie Cole, Meera Syal and Lenny Henry who appeared in the title role of Broadside’s much-talked-about Othello in 2009.
Barrie stood down as Broadside’s Artistic Director in 2018 after 25 years at the helm but, as this one-off fundraising performance will aptly demonstrate, he has lost none of his fervour to have a good time with audiences.
Barrie’s life is as fascinating as it is prestigious. The son of a Hull fishworker, he was given a part in the school play by an English teacher who thought he had ‘the gob for it’. He discovered he loved the stage and his career went from working with National Youth Theatre to performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2015, he was awarded the OBE for services to drama. Anyone wanting to ‘gen up’ on his life before the show can listen to his Desert Island Discs on BBC iPlayer for a cheeky introduction!
Barrie Rutter is an Associate Director at The Georgian Theatre Royal and all proceeds from the evening will go towards the Theatre’s Living Theatre Appeal.
Stoppard's comedy masterpiece about sex, death… and algorithms
In 1809, in an English country house, Thomasina is a precocious teenager with ideas about mathematics, nature and physics well ahead of her time. She and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues.
In the present, two competing scholars are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. As their studies unfold, the truth about what happened in Thomasina's time is gradually revealed.
Tom Stoppard’s brilliant and absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits - ‘the attraction which Newton left out’.
Arcadia won the Olivier and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play in 1994/5.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. Directed by Kath Torbet.
Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits!
Over a decade later, the company has expanded from one London residency to being countrywide, running shows and workshops all over the UK from Peebles to Portsmouth, even producing a book on how to write and perform stand-up.
The show is family friendly, but without any patronising idiocy. In fact, it's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day and the kids are allowed in. This is cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old.
"A highlight for children... giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club." The Guardian
Where life and the afterlife get immensely complicated!
Noel Coward’s classic comedy follows a dinner hosted by novelist and socialite Charles Condomine. Hoping to gather material for his next book, he invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcarti, to conduct a séance. However, he gets more than he bargained for when the temperamental spirit of his first wife, Elvira, is inadvertently summoned and attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
Written in 1941, Blithe Spirit became one of the West End’s longest-running shows and its inventive wit and farcical humour continues to entertain audiences of all generations.
Blithe Spirit is the debut performance of The Butler Company, The Georgian Theatre Royal’s new young professional Theatre company.
Troy Hawke returns to The Georgian Theatre Royal following last year’s hugely successful 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke. This season’s offering promises to be equally entertaining and follows a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Having previously exposed supermarket chain Aldi’s links to the illuminati and the murder of Princess Diana, everyone’s favourite 1930’s throwback Scrabble-based investigator now puts Swedish furniture giant IKEA under his microscope…
Troy Hawke was 2019 Fringe World Best Comedy nominee, 2019 Fringe World Comedy Weekly Award Winner, Top 40 Best Reviewed Comedy Shows Edinburgh 2019 and Top 30 Jokes of the 2019 Fringe (GQ Magazine, The Telegraph).
“Troy Hawke must be one of the most accomplished and enjoyably daft character comics on the circuit today” - Wee Review 2019
“Elaborately concocted, funny and brilliantly bonkers” -
Beyond The Joke 2019
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre's Tuesday Senior Class present this fast-paced comic 'whodunnit' in the style of all your favourite sleuths, with enough plot twists to keep any audience on its toes.
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre's Saturday Senior Class present a classic murder mystery that is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle.
Will Inspector Credit and Sergeant Shilling catch the killer in time or will they risk their own necks in the process?
A runaway success in London’s West End, successive Edinburgh Festivals, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and right across the USA, this entertaining show is a hilarious send-up of classical music.
Australian pianist, David Scheel, is one of the finest solo musical comedy performers in the world. In his concerts, you can expect to hear anything from a well-known folk tune played in the styles of various famous composers; two different pieces played with different hands at the same time; and a medley of the 20 worst tunes ever written. His raconteur-style includes hilarious stories of pianos that he has played, accompanied by sharp-edged commentary on the lives of various celebrities and politicians.
“As funny as any, wittier than most, and, uniquely, a concert pianist of international stature...He stands alone, in a class of his own.” - BBC Arts Review
“The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” - San Francisco Chronicle
“What a sad business, being funny” - Limelight (1952)
For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world’s best-loved clown. His brilliant comic creation of The Little Tramp is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.
Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and
unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of music hall, and gradually began to see a way out.
Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps Theatre return with an examination of the relationship between experience and creativity, and invite you to discover how Chaplin spun personal tragedy into universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world’s most remarkable lives.
Written and directed by Ross McGregor, this production is being produced with the full endorsement of the Chaplin Estate and the Chaplin Family.
Richmond Operatic Society present one of the greatest musicals of all time in a thrilling production to enchant and enthral young and old alike.
Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, The Sound of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of World War II.
The unforgettable score – featuring music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein – includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song – The Sound of Music.
Forty years ago, People Show Cabaret toured the world. It was an amazing show which turned everything cabaret on its head, and the four protagonists were dubbed “the Beatles of performance art”.
Now, the three remaining performers Mark Long, Emil Wolk and George Khan - along with their brilliant friend Bill Palmer - have reassembled to make a new show. Well, new…and on the other hand…old.
Years of tumbling, verbal and musical gymnastics are revisited and taken to the next dimension…where the black hole of life is finally challenged.
“Thought-provoking, sidesplittingly funny and really not boring” Stamp Collecting Monthly
Age recommendation: 16 years+
Please note that tickets for this event are available from The Georgian Theatre Royal only, and not from Swaledale Festival.
Pneûma:ˈnjuːmə, noun, Philosophy, Greek = wind, breath, spirit, that which is blown or breathed
A captivating and beautiful performance in which dance, movement, sound, light and visual imagery combine magically to evoke the poetics of the invisible, life-giving force that is breath.
Performed by dance artist Miranda Tufnell, visual artist David Ward and musician Sylvia Hallett, with dancers Cai Tomos, Eeva Maria Mutka and Simon Whitehead, and musician Jonah Brody.
“A feast for the ear, eye and imagination. Wonderful!” - Hugh Brody, writer and anthropologist
Please note that tickets for this event are available only from The Georgian Theatre Royal and not from Swaledale Festival.
photo credit: Christian Kipp
Guitarist, composer and ukulele virtuoso, Richard Durrant, comes to The Georgian Theatre Royal with his trademark blend of original guitar music, British-flavoured folk, JS Bach and plenty of tales from the road.
Richard is taking part in Cycling Music 2020 which sees him travelling all the way from St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, to Brighton Open Air Theatre in time for the summer solstice, performing at a whole range of venues on the way.
The tour is his way of reducing his carbon footprint whilst playing music in some wonderful places and drawing attention to the climate crisis.
In September, the Cycling Music pilgrimage continues onwards from Dieppe to Santiago de Compostela.
If you would like to cycle with Richard to Santiago de Compostela, please contact email@example.com
“One is left with the impression of a man who loves music and life in equal measure.”
“Brimful of technically impressive guitar playing on the folk/ classical cusp, with nimble runs, deft arpeggios and quicksilver fingering.”
"Exceptional ability and artful arrangements to add to the jaw dropping (and humorous) live performance."
Guitar & Bass Magazine
Last year (for the seventh year running), Arrival was voted '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 30 different countries.
Combining stunning vocals, beautiful harmonies, lavish replica costumes and choreographed dance routines, Arrival is a full live band that creates a truly authentic Abba experience. Abba fans new and old can look forward to songs such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All and Thank You for the Music. A true celebration of Abba!
Marske Choir takes pleasure in presenting an evening of magic, melodrama, mischief and melliflous music in the style of the Victorian - Edwardian music hall.
So, stick a feather in your hair, pull on the corset, dig out the coat and tails and join us for a veritable 'pot pourri' of performers assembled for your entertainment and delight.
Mozart’s sunniest comedy is the perfect entertainment for a summer's evening.
Ravishing melodies accompany a farcical story centring on the wedding day of Seville's favourite barber, Figaro, to the winsome Susanna, maid to the Countess Almaviva.
The only fly in the ointment is the Countess's errant husband, the Count, who has designs of his own on Susanna. The plot thickens, with a randy pageboy hiding in a cupboard, a drunken gardener making a nuisance of himself, bridesmaids, letters, secret assignations in the garden, shocking revelations, and, eventually, a happy ending!
Heritage Opera, Northwest England’s professional touring opera company, returns to Richmond for the third time with this masterpiece of classical opera. Sung by a cast of nine, in an hilarious new English translation, with piano accompaniment.
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre's Junior Acting Class perform four intriguing short plays inspired by The Brothers Grimm.
The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre present a double bill of two fascinating plays, both of which explore deception, imagination and the pressures of being a teenager,
Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson and Vicky Ireland is presented by the Tuesday Middle Class and The Whispering Walls by Aimee Shields is presented by the Saturday Middle Class.
Join students from The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy who embark on a musical journey through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. There is something for everyone in this vibrant programme that is guaranteed to be a foot-tapping and hugely enjoyable show.
Inspired by Frank L Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, this is a new and exciting musical written by The Georgian Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre Officer Aimee Shields and performed by the Musical Theatre classes.
Join Thea and Toto as they travel through a dark and dangerous world to find their way home.
We are delighted to welcome back the immensely talented and ever-popular History Wardrobe with one of their new presentations. The team is skilfully adept at bringing periods of history to life through an exploration of its fashion, politics, art and literature. Words can't quite describe, so come along and see them in action!
In What Were We Thinking, the two Lucys (Lucy Adlington and Lucy Ridley) take on the 1970s in this hilarious new celebration of history’s most orange-and-brown decade.
What were you wearing in the seventies? We’ll have Bri-Nylon, Biba, bra-less Women’s Libbers… Disco sparkle, psychedelia, Punk, ponchos, hot pants and platforms, all with an irresistibly seventies soundtrack that will have you grooving in your Crimplene flares...
The heart-warming comedy with two left feet!
RADS present a warm-hearted comedy with laughs, drama and pathos as a group of women ̶ and one man ̶ attempt to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in their weekly tap dancing class.
Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the enthusiastic amateurs some performance skills for an upcoming grand charity performance.
But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew. As the play progresses, so do the dance skills, but will they have the ability to be transformed into triumphant tappers?
Stepping Out won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award in 1984.
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd. Directed by Lynne Kerr.