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The Georgian Theatre Royal is a theatre and historic Georgian playhouse in the market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire, England. It is among the oldest of Britain's extant theatres.For Georgian Theatre Royal and beyond, use our Richmond online vacation planner to get the most from your Richmond vacation.
It was built in 1788 by the actor-manager Samuel Butler and was one of his circuit of theatres, the others being located in Beverley, Harrogate, Kendal, Northallerton, Ripon, Ulverston and Whitby, though none of these are now open. Regular performances at the theatre continued until 1830, when performances became less frequent and in 1848 it was let as an auction house. The Georgian Theatre Royal was reopened by a non-profit trust in 1963, it was expanded in 1996 and had major restoration works, including the addition of a museum, costing £1.6 million in 2002, reopening once again in 2003. August 2016 saw the opening of The Georgian Theatre Royal Experience, a small but perfectly formed museum, detailing the history of the theatre and displaying artifacts from the theatre's collection, as well as The Woodland Scene, reported to be the oldest surviving stage scenery in the world. In addition, the Paul Iles Learning Centre was reopened following extensive renovation, and now houses The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre as well as many events including volunteer open days, book groups and costume making sessions.
Georgian Theatre Royal Reviews
The hostess at our B&B suggested we take the tour at this theatre and we were glad we did. It was very interesting. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and it brought history to life for us. more »
An excellent volunteer guide gave us the one-hour tour. There were only five of us and that meant we could all ask questions and, importantly, see everything at the theatre with ease: front- and back-... more »
Had a wonderful tour this morning with a guide in period costume. Very interesting what a marvellous gem of a theatre
Superb! This evening we (The Bread Knife & me) Were heartily entertained by the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's "a small Family Business" Directed by Gregan Davis. This is a gem of a Theatre that continues to give so much to all who cross it's threshold. A warm welcome awaits all who enter in. You won't be disappointed.
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