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Friends’ Donation Boosts Historic Theatre’s New Season Of Shows
Thursday - November 23, 2017
Thanks to a cash injection from its Friends, The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond is bringing in some of the biggest names on the theatrical circuit for its 2018 Spring and Summer Season.

The Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal supports the historic venue – the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form – by raising valuable funds and its latest donation of £7,000 is being used to help secure bookings for prestigious touring companies, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Heritage Opera.

“We are extremely grateful for the tireless fundraising activities of our Friends,” said Malcolm Bryant, Chairman of the Theatre’s Board of Directors. “Whilst the Theatre has always punched above its weight in the quality of shows it offers, we can only seat up to 200 people, so even with full capacity audiences, it can be difficult to cover the costs associated with the top-rated performers. This generous donation means that we have been able to sign up some excellent productions for our next season.”

One of the season’s highlights is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre who will be performing from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8th July 2018. The Globe has previously included Richmond in its international tours – often as the only venue in the region – and tickets have always been in high demand.  

Heritage Opera is also bringing its chamber version of Puccini’s best-loved opera La Bohème to the Georgian stage on Saturday 19 May and Vienna Festival Ballet will enchant audiences with The Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May.

The rest of the Spring and Summer programme – that will showcase contemporary drama, cutting edge comedy, first-class musical entertainment and popular children’s shows – will be unveiled early in the New Year.

Gerry Broadbent, Chairman of the Friends of the Georgian Theatre Royal, said: “We are very pleased to support the Theatre in all of its activities, whether it is through promoting its varied performance programmes, boosting its vibrant youth theatre or developing it as a heritage destination. 

“The Friends is a very friendly and active group of like-minded people who enjoy all aspects of Theatre and we are always pleased to welcome new members,” he added.

The Friends enjoy many membership benefits, including: priority bookings; ticket discounts on selected shows; seasonal newsletters; and invitations to post-show wine receptions and other social events.

For further information, please contact the Theatre on 01748 823710 or email:  More details and a Friends’ application form can also be found in the ‘Support Us’ section on the Theatre website: 

PHOTO: Malcolm Bryant (left), Chairman of the Theatre’s Board of Directors, is pictured with Gerry Broadbent, Chairman of the Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal.
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