Tickets are now on sale for the new autumn/winter season at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal.
Theatre bosses say the programme is “packed with a tantalising array of shows to suit all tastes and interests, these range from cutting-edge drama and top comedy acts to exciting and varied musical events”.
The season starts with a production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion on 9 September from Dot Productions.
More drama follows with the John Godber’s Do I Love You? (27 to 29 September), a comedy that introduces Northern Soul to a new generation.
There is also a return from the Mikron Theatre Company with A Force to be Reckoned With (13 October) – a tale of law and order that investigates pioneering women in the police.
Reiver: Tales from the Borders (26 October) tells the gruesome stories of the lawless families that terrorised the Anglo-Scottish borders for over 400 years; and Sinatra: Raw (30 October) is set in 1971, the moment when Frank Sinatra prepares for his last pre-retirement intimate show.
Music lovers are set for a varied programme of performances with everything from rock and roll to country.
Fresh from Glastonbury is award-winning singer-songwriter Hayley McKay (12 October) who has performed all over the world, including the UK’s biggest country festival C2C Festival at the O2 Arena.
Bein’ Adams (19 October) celebrates the career of Bryan Adams and Buddy Holly & the Cricketers (27 October) make a return to the Georgian stage with a show that has rock and rolled audiences across the globe for over three decades.
Popular local group Musicality (30 September) reaches across the pond for an evening of American tunes, featuring spirituals, Broadway hits and jazz.
The new season sees a brand-new show from Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer nominee Josh Jones (3 October). Charlie Baker takes up the comedy mic on 20 October and a brand-new Shakespeare play will be created by Shakeitup at The Improvised Shakespeare Show (6 October).
The theatre is also hosting three events at the Richmond Walking and Book Festival.
Lucy Adlington of the History Wardrobe presents her New York Times bestseller The Dressmakers of Auschwitz (18 September) which follows the fate of the brave women who displayed resilience and camaraderie in the most extreme circumstances.
Fly Me! (19 September) tells the true story of the daredevil 18th century actress Letitia Sage who set out to become the first Englishwoman to fly a hot air balloon in 1785; and former chief executive of the British Red Cross Sir Nick Young (23 September) speaks about his part in the humanitarian response to some of the 21st century’s most dramatic and dangerous events.
The Barnard Castle-based Castle Players are performing the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town on 3 and 4 November. This is followed by the comedy classic Whisky Galore presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society (9 to 11 November) and Richmond Operatic Society’s production of new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame (15 to 18 November) is based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film.
The Georgian Theatre’s acclaimed pantomime rounds off the season.
Rapunzel enjoys a festive run from 6 December to 7 January 2024.
Details of all shows and events are given in the newly published programme brochure available at the Box Office, via the website (www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk) or by calling the Box Office on 01748 825252.