GeorgeFest is back this summer with a ten-day festival celebrating the market town of Richmond’s rich Georgian heritage.
Taking place between Saturday 17 August and Monday 26 August, GeorgeFest19 offers an exciting range of events and activities from evening musical promenades and lessons in Georgian table etiquette to guided walks and afternoon tea.
It is the festival’s fifth successful year and 2019 promises to bring this colourful period of history to life with something for everyone.
Back by popular demand is ‘Secret Salons: A Georgian Musical Promenade’ on the evening of Sunday 18 August. Last year’s event that enabled participants to walk between three town locations for three separate recitals of music from the period sold out quickly and demand for this summer’s tickets is expected to be high. 2019 locations include the exclusive residences of Culloden Tower, Millgate House and 34 Frenchgate. Tickets for the event must be booked in advance. they are available from the Box Office but not online.
Many of the events will demonstrate how the Georgians went about their daily lives. Ruthanne Baxter (University of Edinburgh) and Nick Finnigan (Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle) will look at the role of the drawing room through the books, music and life of Jane Austen and her contemporaries at an intriguing presentation at the Theatre on Friday 23 August.
Another presentation by antiques expert David Elstob will reveal what you might find at the table and in the dining rooms of Georgian houses. This takes place in the Paul Iles Learning Centre on Tuesday 20 August.
The turbulent and sometimes scandalous life of another celebrity Edmund Keane – one of the most unique talents that British theatre has ever produced – will be depicted in the humorous and heart-breaking The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Keane. This one-man show by award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor Ian Hughes takes place in the main auditorium on Saturday 24 August.
Always a crowd-puller, the popular History Wardrobe will explore the dark drama of black in fashion and the best of British supernatural stories at the Theatre on Saturday 17 August. It starts in the Georgian period with Jane Austen and comes right up to date with Susan Hill’s 20th century novel The Woman in Black – taking in the likes of the Brontes, Mary Shelley and Mrs Radcliffe on the way.
Landscape historian, Val Hepworth will also be leading a guided walk on Saturday 17 August that will explore the area around Culloden Tower and Temple Lodge. This free event starts at 2pm at Yorke Square car park just off the Green. All donations are welcome for the Theatre.
There is also the opportunity to take afternoon tea with the Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal on Thursday 22 August between 2pm and 4pm and daily tours of the Theatre conducted by guides dressed in period costume will take place throughout the festival.
All events and activities are featured in a GeorgeFest19 leaflet that has been distributed around the area and there is a GeorgeFest19 page with full event details on www.richmond.org