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World-Class Acts And Premieres For Britain’s Oldest Working Theatre
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
World-Class Acts And Premieres For Britain’s Oldest Working Theatre
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond – Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form – has announced its shows for the forthcoming Autumn 2014 season, which includes world premieres and internationally acclaimed theatre companies and performers.

Starting the season is the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with a fast-paced adaptation of King Lear (27 – 30 August) that is currently touring the UK and USA. Widely regarded as Shakespeare’s ultimate tragedy, the play stars Joseph Marcell in the title role – best known for his part as Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – and Game of Thrones actor John Stahl as the Duke of Gloucester.

Following the success of their highly acclaimed national tour of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in 2103, UK Touring Theatre presents a brand new English version of A Doll’s House: Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking play (31 October). This world-premiere provides an exciting and accessible new translation from the original Dan-Norwegian script and shines a spotlight on marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th century.

Another new work – also set in the late 19th century – dramatises the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde and is written with Wilde’s own grandson, Merlin Holland. Using the original words spoken in court, when Wilde was sentenced to two years’ hard labour, this production by the European Arts Company explores what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius. The Trials of Oscar Wilde is on 18 October 

The talented Rebecca Vaughan who has won national acclaim with her one-woman shows Austen’s Women and I, Elizabeth is returning to the Georgian Theatre’s historic stage with her new work Female Gothic on 30 October. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Guy Masterson, this literary spine-chiller celebrates three lost gothic works from the great Victorian female writers. 

Comedy lovers are in for a treat with Rory McGrath and Philip Pope’s hilarious double act Bridge Over Troubled Lager on 17 October. McGrath is best known for roles in Who Dares Wins, Chelmsford 123 and Three Men in a Boat and Pope has appeared in a variety of TV comedy shows including Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses, and wrote songs for Not the Nine O’Clock News and Spitting Image. 

A wide variety of musical tastes are also catered for in the new programme. International concert pianist, Phillip Dyson who has performed with many of Europe and America’s most prestigious orchestras and broadcasts regularly for the BBC and Classic FM, presents an evening of popular classics on 20 September. The Georgian Jazz Festival takes place on the weekend of 13 and 14 September and features The Paul Edis Sextet. Popular local folk band – Fourum – will pack the house on 27 September as part of the Walking and Book Festival. 

As well as playing host to many internationally and nationally acclaimed performers, the Georgian Theatre Royal also performs a valuable role as a vibrant community playhouse. Local group RADS celebrates its 50th anniversary year with a production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party from 6-8 November and Richmond Operatic Society presents the highly acclaimed musical adaptation of The Secret Garden from 19-22 November. The Military WAGS Choir Catterick give a concert on 15 November and the talented Richmond-based choir Musicality make a welcome return to the stage on 7 September and 24 October.

The season concludes with Puss in Boots – the Theatre’s now legendary pantomime, which is brought to family audiences by the same production team that created the phenomenally successful Mother Goose, The Adventures of Sinbad, Babes in the Wood and last year’s breathtakingly beautiful Cinderella. The pantomime is written and directed especially for the Richmond stage by theatre historian Tony Lidington and will catapult the engaging feline into the early rock and roll years of the 1950s and 60s.

Details of all shows and events are given in the newly published programme brochure, via the website ( or by calling the Box Office on 01748 825252.

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