Stars Come Out To Support Britain’s Oldest Theatre
Monday, Mar 3, 2014
Three of Britain’s most famous actors will be appearing in support of the fundraising appeal of a historic North Yorkshire theatre.
Built in 1788, Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal is the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form and is coming towards the end of a year-long fundraising campaign in celebration of three special anniversaries – 225 years since the theatre was built; 50 years since it re-opened after a long period of closure; and 10 years since it was fully restored following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In support of the appeal, Geraldine McEwan, Edward Fox and Dame Eileen Atkins will be appearing at the theatre for three separate Sunday afternoon ‘conversation’ sessions with Richard Digby Day, the world-renowned stage director and international lecturer in theatre and dramatic art.
First in the ‘interviewer’s’ chair is Geraldine McEwan on 9 March who will be sharing stories and experiences of her extensive theatre career that includes award-winning productions such as The Rivals, The Way of the World and The Chairs. She is also familiar to television audiences for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and for films including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
On 13 April, Edward Fox is making a return visit to the theatre having previously delighted Richmond audiences with An Evening of Anthony Trollope in 2010. Best known for the hit film Day of the Jackal and television drama Edward and Mrs Simpson, Edward Fox has enjoyed a distinguished acting career that will no doubt provide a rich source of conversation topics.
Finally, Dame Eileen Atkins will round off the mini season on 20 April. One of Britain’s most accomplished and decorated actresses, Eileen Atkins has picked up numerous awards and nominations, most recently the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in Cranford. Her talents as a writer have also enabled her to create television hits such as the popular original Upstairs Downstairs series.
Warnock Kerr, Chief Executive at the Georgian Theatre Royal, is looking forward to hosting such eminent theatre personalities. “We are extremely grateful to these actors and Richard Digby Day for supporting the theatre in this way. It is a challenging time for all Arts organisations and although we are grateful to the Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their valuable support, we still need to raise additional money to support our live performance programme and to further develop the theatre as an important heritage centre and museum,” he said.
Since the launch of the appeal in May 2013, the theatre has raised over £50,000 from public donations and these performances will give a much-needed boost to the campaign as it enters its final stages.
“All three stars are at the very top of their profession and I am sure that audiences will be treated to three highly entertaining afternoons of stimulating discourse and anecdotes,” added Warnock Kerr.