Tickets go on sale for Georgian Theatre Royal’s autumn/winter season

John Godber’s new show The Highwayman will premiere at the Georgian Theatre Royal as part of the 2024 Autumn/Winter season.

Tickets will go on sale for the new autumn/winter season at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal next week.

Shows range from new dramas and comedy acts to varied musical events.

Taking centre stage for the season is John Godber’s new play The Highwayman which is making its debut performance at the Richmond theatre.

Set in 1769, the play’s date almost exactly mirrors the Georgian’s own foundation in 1788 and the Yorkshire playwright visited the theatre earlier this year as part of his research.

With a strong Yorkshire focus, the Highwayman will have a two-night run at the Georgian Theatre Royal on 23 and 24 October followed by a tour of the region.

The season offers more drama with a production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (7 September) from the acclaimed DOT Productions.

There is also a return from the Mikron Theatre Company with Common Ground (14 September) – a humorous look at the history of land access in England from the Norman Conquest to the Mass Trespass at Kinder Scout.

Tortive Theatre presents The Whirligig of Time (20 September), a play by Richard Curnow that presents the events following Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night through the eyes of the much-maligned Malvolio; and staying with the Bard, Elysium Theatre Company presents Othello, Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy of love and jealousy on 10 October.

Fun and mayhem abounds with Death(s) at Sea (19 October) which charts the fortunes of a small theatre company where just about everything goes wrong.

Sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe with just as many TV appearances under their belt, the Noise Next Doort present two shows, Freewheeling (11 & 12 October) for the grown-ups and a family show, The Adventure Academy for Adventurers for a matinee performance on 12 October.

Ragged Edge Productions bring The Mystery of the Blue Moon Saloon – a comic radio play presented live on stage with the assistance of the audience on 17 October; and Shake It Up Theatre will use audience suggestions to create a brand-new Shakespeare play with Bard-based Bedlam on 26 October.

Music lovers are set for a varied programme of performances with everything from Gypsy Jazz to Gilbert and Sullivan. The Kate Bush Experience (6 September) recreates the distinctive sound of the renowned singer; and Emma Fisk’s popular Hot Club du Nord brings to life the repertoire of jazz legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli on 21 September.

This is followed by the West Yorkshire Savoyard’s production of Ruddigore (5 October), Gilbert and Sullivan’s less well-known comic-opera.

The new season of comedy kicks off with Kiri Pritchard-McLean (4 September) as she embarks on her brand-new tour ‘Peacock’. Lloyd Griffith takes up the comedy mic on 13 September and Instagram’s funniest dad George Lewis has a slot on 2 November.

The theatre is also hosting three events at the Richmond Walking and Book Festival.

Best-selling author Sally Coulthard will give a ‘Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects’ on 23 September; the award-winning TV producer Jo Willett tells the story of Sarah Siddons, the first celebrity actress (26 September); and storyteller Dominic Kelly presents an unsettling performance centred on Swedish folklore on 28 September.

Lucy Adlington of the History Wardrobe will be presenting her new talk on Ladies of Leisure on 3 October, which will explore pleasures and pastimes in Jane Austen’s era.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society is performing Blue Stockings – Jessica Swale’s debut play about the first women students at Cambridge University (6 to 9 November); followed by Richmond Operatic Society’s production of 9 to 5 the Musical (12 to 16 November) with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

Treasure Island enjoys a festive run from 4 December to 5 January 2025.

Details of all shows and events are given in the new brochure available at the box office, via the website www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk or by calling 01748 825252.