The phrase hidden gem is thrown around far too often these days. But for Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal, it couldn’t be more fitting.
As Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form, the theatre not only provides a wonderfully intimate setting for an evening of live entertainment, but also makes for a fascinating day out.
Built in 1788 by actor and manager, Samuel Butler, the theatre holds an important place in history. To fully appreciate the venue’s rich and fascinating past, book yourself onto the Georgian Theatre Experience – at just £5 for adults and £2 for children, it’s an absolute bargain and should be at the top of any Richmond to do list.
Once inside the beautiful building, you’ll be taken on a captivating tour of the theatre, so keep your eyes peeled for many of the venue’s original features, like the Georgian paybox and Britain’s oldest scenery set, the Woodland Scene, which was painted between 1818 and 1836.
Visitors can also take a walk onto the stage, explore the pit, go backstage, and take in the view from an exclusive box. There’s also the chance to try on costumes, learn about life as a Georgian actor and savour the sights, sounds and smells of 18th Century England.
After discovering the history of the theatre, why not stick around and soak up the atmosphere at a live show? With everything from comedies and musicals, to children’s theatre and a celebrated annual pantomime, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Prices: Adult £5, child £2 (tickets are valid for 12 months)
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm until mid-November (reopens February)
Address: The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW
Car Parking: Nearby pay and display
Telephone: 01748 823710