The Theatre is taking part in a brand new summer festival organised by the town of Richmond to celebrate its rich Georgian heritage.
GeorgeFest is being held from 17 to 30 August and there will be a wide selection of events and activities taking place throughout the fortnight – both indoor and outdoor – with many of them free of charge. They include street entertainment, guided walks, talks, Georgian toy-making and even the opportunity to sample Georgian food.
As well as acknowledging the fine Georgian architecture and landmarks for which Richmond is so famous, the festival will look beyond bricks and mortar to the people themselves in order to bring this fascinating period of the town’s history to life.
Supported by Richmond Town Council and Richmondshire District Council, the festival is a new initiative from the Welcome to Richmond Group, a sub-group of the Richmond and Lower Swaledale Business Association made up of the town’s key attractions and representatives of the local business community to encourage tourism.
Events and activities will focus on everyday things, such as where people lived, what they wore, how they spent their leisure time, what toys their children played with and what they liked to eat. Aimed at all age groups, there is literally something for everyone, from Georgian toy-making and storytelling sessions for young children to guided ghost walks or gossipy trips around the Market Place in a Sedan chair.
The Theatre is providing street entertainment, a stage performance of Tony Lidington's mobile peepshow, a talk on Tate Wilkinson and the Yorkshire theatre circuit and there will be daily 'behind-the-scenes' tours by guides in period costume.
Full details of all events can be found on: www.richmond.org