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The ‘Mighty’ Little Georgian Packs A Punch For Its Autumn Season
Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015
The ‘Mighty’ Little Georgian Packs A Punch For Its Autumn Season
From international musicians and opera stars to world-renowned Shakespeare, the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond – Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form – is offering a huge variety of top-quality musical and theatrical acts as part of its Autumn 2015 programme. 

Starting the new season on 16 August is An Evening with Donald Maxwell, one of Britain’s favourite opera singers. Donald has sung with all the major British opera companies and has appeared at the BBC proms, as well as prestigious international venues, including: La Scala, Milan; Vienna Staatsoper and The Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The event is part of the prestigious 22nd International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, based in Harrogate.

Another coup for the Theatre is a six-show run of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing by the renowned Globe Theatre from 2 – 5 September. The Globe has an international reputation for world-class Shakespeare and this must-see production directed by Max Webster will be touring across Europe and the UK. To date, the performances at The Georgian Theatre Royal are the only ones scheduled for the North of England. 

At the end of September, international concert pianist Harriet Stubbs will take to the stage on 24 September with a recital of works by Bach, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Liszt. Widely acknowledged as one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation, Harriet divides her time between London and New York, performing across the United States and Europe.

“The Georgian Theatre might have the appearance of an exquisite pocket-size theatre but for its size it certainly punches above its weight,” said Chief Executive Warnock Kerr. “Its unique place in theatre history together with its reputation for top performance enables it to attract artists of great calibre who relish the opportunity of performing at such a distinguished venue. We are delighted with the season ahead, which has a huge variety of shows to suit all ages and tastes.”

Exceptional regional talent is also showcased within the Autumn programme. Popular folk band, Fourum, will perform More Ballads from Boots and Books on 26 September. The group – recently featured on ITV’s programme The Dales – has a strong following in the area and always plays to full houses.

North Country Theatre – whose brilliant adaptations have included the hilarious The 39 Steps to the scary The Rocking Horse Winner, and most recently, the deeply moving A Month in the Country – are returning on 30 September with an adaptation of Jim Crace’s award-winning historical novel The Gift of Stones.

A wide variety of dramatic tastes are catered for in the new season’s line-up. Fulfilling a long-held desire to pay tribute to his hero Stan Laurel, Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi, You Rang M’Lord) tells the intriguing story of one of Hollywood’s greatest film comedians in ….And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel on 8 October. Mikron Theatre Company presents One of Each – a tale of intrigue and rivalry between two fish and chip shops – on 23 October and The Picture of Doreen Gray, a hilarious reinterpretation of the Oscar Wilde classic, is on 13 November.

Building on the Georgian’s strong reputation for children’s theatre, Blunderbus Theatre are staging the heart-warming farmyard adventure My Pet Monster and Me on 3 October and audiences can rock along with the tiger who loves to party on 31 October with Mr Tiger Goes Wild, an adaptation of the best-selling picture book by Peter Brown.

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 presents Alan Ayckbourn’s acclaimed A Chorus of Disapproval from 5-7 November and Richmond Operatic Society presents The M Factor – a celebration of 21st century musicals with an X-factor twist from 18-21 November. 

The season concludes with Jack and the Beanstalk – 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, Cinderella and last year’s record-breaking Puss in Boots. The pantomime is written and directed especially for the Richmond stage by theatre historian Tony Lidington and will be set in the colourful world of the circus drawing upon a cast that includes aerial acrobats as well as actors and musicians.

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

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