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Georgian Theatre launches 2024 Autumn/Winter Season
3 Jul 3 , 2024 Wednesday

Georgian Theatre launches 2024 Autumn/Winter Season

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Taking centre stage for the season is John Godber’s new play The Highwayman which is making its debut performance at the Richmond theatre. Set in 1769, the play’s date almost exactly mirrors the Georgian’s own foundation in 1788 and the Yorkshire playwright visited the Theatre earlier this year as part of his research.

With a strong Yorkshire focus, this thrilling theatrical adventure promises to be ‘visceral, venal and very funny.’ ‘The Highwayman’ will have a two-night run at the Georgian Theatre Royal on 23 and 24 October followed by a tour of the region.

The season offers more top-quality drama with productions featuring the works of Shakespeare and Oscar Wild to name but a couple, as well as the return of the popular Mikron Theatre Company with Common Ground– a humorous look at the history of land access in England from the Norman Conquest to the Mass Trespass at Kinder Scout.

Other highlights include Lucy Adlington of the History Wardrobe who will be presenting her new talk on Ladies of Leisure; Emma Fisk’s popular Hot Club du Nord which brings to life the repertoire of jazz legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli ; and the West Yorkshire Savoyard’s production of Ruddigore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s less well-known but brilliant comic-opera.

The Theatre is also hosting three events at the Richmond Walking and Book Festival. Best-selling author Sally Coulthard will give a ‘Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects’; the award-winning TV producer Jo Willett tells the story of Sarah Siddons, the first celebrity actress; and master storyteller Dominic Kelly presents an unsettling and moving solo performance centred on Swedish folklore.

A key part of the Theatre’s rich and varied repertoire comprises the contributions from talented local community groups. Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society is performing Blue Stockings – Jessica Swale’s debut play about the first women students at Cambridge University; followed by Richmond Operatic Society’s production of 9 to 5 the Musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

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