The Georgian Theatre Royal has been successful in the second round of the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, which has seen £12.2million donated to 94 museums and organisations across the country.
As part of the initiative, the Theatre has received over £38,000 for 'The Georgian Theatre Experience’, which opened its doors to the public last month. The grant will support the care of the collection and help ensure its sustainability in years to come.
The new tourist attraction includes a redeveloped exhibition area and a state-of-the-art education and learning centre funded jointly by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a legacy from Paul Iles (a former associate director of the Theatre) to a total of £500,000.
The Theatre is keen to promote The Georgian Theatre Experience – which includes a full guided tour of the auditorium, dressing rooms and stage as well as entry to the exhibition area – to as wide an audience as possible and significantly increase visitor numbers.
Theatre Chief Executive, Clare Allen, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding, which is a tremendous vote of confidence from Arts Council England. Even before the redevelopment work, the Georgian Theatre tours and museum were consistently ranked at the top of the ‘things to do in Richmond’ on Trip Advisor and all our feedback shows that people love to visit the Theatre and find out more about its fascinating history. We now want to attract even greater numbers and ensure that visitors continue to have an enjoyable, memorable and informative experience of this wonderful living theatre museum.”