Richmond Theatre


Richmond Theatre

Infobox Theatre
name = Richmond Theatre



caption = Richmond Theatre, entrance in 2006.
address = The Green
city = Richmond, London
country =
designation = Grade II*
latitude = 51.46206
longitude = -0.30381
architect = Frank Matcham
owner = Ambassador Theatre Group
capacity = 840
type = Provincial
opened = 18 September 1899
yearsactive =
rebuilt =
closed =
othernames = 1899 Richmond Theatre and Opera House
1902 Prince of Wales
1909 Richmond Hippodrome
Theatre Royal, Richmond
"Theatre on the Green"
production =
currentuse =
website = www.theambassadors.com/richmond/index.html

The present Richmond Theatre, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is a British Victorian theatre located on Little Green, adjacent to Richmond Green. It opened on 18 September 1899 with a performance of "As You Like It", and is one of the finest surviving examples of the work of theatre architect Frank Matcham.

History

The theatre, originally known as the "Richmond Theatre and Opera House", is structured into the familiar stalls, dress and upper circles, with four boxes at dress level. The auditorium is a mixture of gilt detailing and red plush fabrics, covering seats and front of circles.Its interior and exterior has been used as a movie set in many films (e.g. "Evita", "Finding Neverland" - doubling as the "Duke of York's Theatre") and TV programmes (e.g. "Jonathan Creek"). The theatre is now part of the Ambassador Theatre Group and has a weekly schedule of plays and musicals, usually given by professional touring companies. Pre-West End shows can sometimes be seen. There is a Christmas and New Year pantomime tradition and many of Britain's greatest music hall and pantomime performers have appeared there.

References

* "Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950", John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 134-5 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3

External links

* [http://www.theambassadors.com/richmond/ Official Website]


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