Historic Richmond theatre prepared for all weather conditions

The 18th-century auditorium at The Georgian Theatre Royal

Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal, the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form, can now offer its audiences comfortable temperatures whatever the weather.

The Grade 1 listed building’s air conditioning system has been out of action for over a decade.

It is now in full working order and able to effectively cool the auditorium as well as boost heat in colder weather snaps.

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Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal, Clare Allen said: “It has always been a challenge to maintain optimum temperatures in a building of this age but the recent extremes of weather has prompted us to divert funds and invest in this work.

“We are now confident that our audiences can still enjoy the incredible ambience of this wonderful 18th century building whilst benefitting from modern-day comforts.”

Built in 1788, the Theatre currently has a capacity audience of around 200 although in Georgian times this number was nearer 400.

There were also no toilets or bars, which are all now part of the Theatre-going experience.

The Theatre’s Autumn season is now open for booking and includes a full range of live entertainment from high-quality drama and music for every taste to top stand-up comedy acts and inspirational children’s theatre.

For further information, please call the Box Office on 01748 825252 or visit


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  1. Well I hope you’ve got air conditioning back stage too. When I sang there with the choir this summer it was stifling and a “jobsworth” man wouldn’t let us open the fire door. We were nearly passing out.

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