The Georgian Theatre Experience has been selected by Richmond and District Civic Society for its Civic Amenity Award 2016 in recognition of the new initiative and its contribution to the tourist economy of the town.
The heritage attraction – which opened its doors in July of this year following a major £500,000 redevelopment programme - tells the fascinating story of the UK’s oldest working theatre in its original form and offers a taste of what life was like in 18th century England. It has been a huge hit with locals and tourists alike and finished the season (alternating with Richmond Castle) as the first of 23 things to do in the town on the popular online tourist site Trip Advisor.
In presenting the Award, John McDonald, Chair of Richmond and District Civic Society, said: “The Civic Society is committed to keeping Richmond’s past alive and flourishing in the present. Therefore, we are delighted to make this award. The Georgian Theatre Royal is a national treasure and to see how its talented team of theatre professionals and volunteers keep its heritage constantly moving forward into the twenty-first century, makes us all very proud.
“The newly-completed Georgian Theatre Experience offers visitors to Richmond a very special and authentic flavour of the eighteenth century entertainment world, in a contemporary setting,” he added.
Visitors to The Georgian Theatre Experience are able to take a full guided tour of the auditorium, dressing rooms and stage, as well as spend time in the state-of-the-art exhibition area.
The Georgian Theatre Experience reopens to visitors on Monday 13 February 2017. Entrance costs only £5 per person (£2 for children) and tickets are valid for 12 months to enable repeat visits.
Photo caption: Clare Allen, Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal, is pictured receiving the Civic Amenity Award 2016 from John McDonald, Chair of Richmond and District Civic Society, in the Theatre’s auditorium.