Richmond Theatre turns 115 years-old this September and projects are underway during the summer to ensure the venerable playhouse is looking its best for the anniversary.

Preservation work is being carried out to the front facade, providing Euterpe (the female statue above the balcony) with much needed attention. Internal renovations will be completed by the end of the year, including restoring the plasterwork in the Upper Circle to its former glory and the refurbishment of the toilet facilities.

Richmond recently invested in a number of improvements behind the scenes, ensuring that its back of house capabilities are such that all visiting companies have the 'best possible experience'.

Spokeswoman Becky Batten said: "I’m pleased to say that Richmond Theatre recently received an award for ‘Venue of the Year’ at the Safety, Environmental and Technical Services Awards, and the reputation which we are developing here as a venue will allow us to continue bringing bigger and better productions to our local audience. As always we have a wide range of shows coming to us this season with a show to suit everyone. Whether it is comedy or drama you’re after, light musical entertainment or classical ballet, traditional Shakespeare or a re-imagined Oscar Wilde, then Richmond Theatre has something to offer."

Highlights this autumn will include two post-West End productions with both Daytona (starring Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and Oliver Cotton) and The Importance of Being Earnest (starring Nigel Havers, Siân Phillips and Cherie Lunghi among others) coming to Richmond following their London runs; Theatre Royal Bath’s version of the Coward classic Hay Fever starring Richmond favourite Felicity Kendal; and a new production of the ever powerful Our Country’s Good, by the play’s original director Max Stafford-Clark.

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