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Historic Theatre Is Highly Commended In Tourism Oscars
Tuesday - October 31, 2017
The Georgian Theatre Experience in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is celebrating its success at last night’s glittering White Rose Awards ceremony held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds – the largest tourism event of its kind in the UK.

Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the awards recognise and reward the very best in tourism throughout the county across 17 specialist categories. The Theatre was Highly Commended in the Small Attraction of the Year category for its popular guided heritage tours and recently opened exhibition area.

“This is a fantastic achievement for an attraction that only opened its doors just over a year ago,” said Mac Bryant, Chairman of the Theatre’s Board of Directors. “Visitors to our magical historic theatre are full of praise for The Georgian Theatre Experience but this ringing endorsement from Welcome to Yorkshire is truly the icing on the cake.” 

During a visit to The Georgian Theatre Experience - which was launched in Summer 2016 following a £500,000 redevelopment programme - people are given a ‘back-stage’ guided tour of the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form. Here they can look around the distinctive three-tiered auditorium, discover hidden trap doors, peek inside stars’ dressing rooms, as well as tread the boards of the historic stage itself. 

There is also an opportunity to spend time in the new exhibition area and find out more about the lives of Georgian actors and their 18th-century audiences through interactive displays, digital presentations and a wide range of exhibits.
The tours are all conducted by a team of dedicated volunteers whose individual insight into the Theatre’s fascinating history makes each visitor experience unique. 
Guy Wilman who was at the awards ceremony in Leeds is part of the team of volunteers that ensure visitors receive a top-class experience and friendly welcome. “This recognition means such a lot to all the volunteers who work at the Theatre. The Theatre is a very special place and we love showing it off to visitors. It is a privilege to meet so many people and we strive to make each visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible,” he said.

On the night, the Theatre was pitched against five other worthy finalists including Burton Constable Hall and Grounds (Skirlaugh); Kilnsey Park (Skipton); National Emergency Services Museum (Sheffield); Scampston Hall and Walled Garden (Malton) and Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens (York). The Theatre received the Highly Commended award and Scampston Hall was the overall winner.
The Georgian Theatre Experience is open Monday to Saturday from mid-February to mid-November, with tours starting on the hour from 10am to 4pm. For further information, please call 01748 823710.

PHOTO: The guided tours are at the heart of the Georgian Theatre Experience which has been Highly Commended at the 2017 White Rose Awards. 
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