The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire occupies a unique place in theatre history. Built by Samuel Butler in 1788, it is the oldest working theatre in the UK in its original form and has recently been beautifully restored.
It runs a varied artistic programme throughout the year, including a wide range of high-quality drama, dance, children’s theatre, opera and musical evenings.
The Theatre also offers guided historical tours that go backstage to unveil a fascinating world of grease paint, wigs and even resident ghosts! You can also look around the Theatre museum, which amongst its many exhibits displays Britain’s oldest surviving scenery, together with old playbills, costumes and set. Tours commence every hour from 10.00am until 4.00pm, Monday-Saturday from mid-February until the end of October. Additional Sunday tours run from 12noon until 3.00pm from Easter until end of August. Occasionally tours are unavailable due to performance schedules and it is advisable to check in advance of your visit by telephoning 01748 825252.
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