The Society is privileged to perform in the Georgian Theatre Royal for three major productions a year, and is committed to providing entertainment of the highest possible standard.
The main thrust of the Society and its members is to put on plays! We try to vary our programme as much as possible, to encompass all strands of drama. We are always willing to try ambitious projects.
RADS is a registered charity, and each year makes donations to charities proposed by the membership.
Our members turn out in all weathers to rehearse, build sets, make costumes - and coffee - and props, so that when a production goes to the Theatre, it is as polished as we can make it.
We welcome new talent - no experience is necessary, and support and opportunities to develop will be given.
We own our own property at 6-8 Castle Hill, and this building provides the perfect rehearsal space, as well as storage rooms for our sets, properties and costumes.
It is also ideal for workshops, after-show suppers and our regular fun social evenings.
On the second Monday of each month (except August) we hold a ‘social evening’. These vary in content from month to month, but are usually fun and give members the chance to chat and ‘catch up’ - not always possible during rehearsals!
Directed by Gregan Davis
Thu 23rd to Sat 25th March 2017 at 7.30pm
Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Tickets: £7.50 - £13.50 including £1 Restoration Levy
Box Office Tel: 01748 825252 or book online at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
The Herbal Bed is based on actual events which occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, when William Shakespeare’s eldest daughter Susanna was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married neighbour and family friend. Despite a recanting by her accuser, the young Jack Lane, the following month Susanna sues for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral.
Susanna’s husband, the respected physician of Stratford John Hall, is desperate for her to clear her name in order to save his practice and he gives her his complete support - but how can he avoid the fact that one summer’s night while he was away from Stratford, Rafe Smith was seen secretly
leaving their herbal garden?
Faced with political divisions within the church, the hearing in the bishop’s court becomes a risky gamble as three people’s private lives are held up to the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller whose outcome is anything but certain.
Originally produced to great acclaim by the RSC, The Herbal Bed was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, with an Olivier Award nomination and writer Peter Whelan winning Playwright of the Year.
'A finely textured tapestry of love and lies'
Presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.