Talk (organised by Richmond Theatre). All The World’s A Stage: 120 Years of Richmond Theatre

Date(s) - Sunday 15 September 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Richmond Theatre

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Richmond Theatre

Richmond Theatre (originally known as the Theatre Royal and Opera House) opened on 18 September 1899 with a performance of As You Like It. A very fine example  of the work of theatre architect Frank Matcham, the building has been given a Grade II* listing by Historic England.

To celebrate the theatre’s 120th birthday, there will be an illustrated talk at Richmond Theatre on Sunday evening, 15 September. (This is now a Richmond Theatre event: please note the change of date.) The running time will be added as soon as it is confirmed.

Step back in time to hear the fascinating history of Richmond Theatre, hosted by its Theatre Director Brendan Riding alongside some very special guests, including the Chairman of the Frank Matcham Society, Mark Fox, and the President of the Richmond Local History Society, Paul Velluet.

This informative and imaginative insight into one of the best preserved theatres designed by Frank Matcham, will cover Richmond Theatre’s history, from its birth as the Theatre Royal and Opera House, through the war years and into the modern era. The venue has witnessed some incredible world events as well as immense theatrical milestones.

This is a free event and tickets are avilable from the theatre’s box office, which is open from 12 noon to 4pm Monday to Saturday (the theatre auditorium is closed until September for renovations). Tickets can also be booked online at but a booking fee will be added. However, 400 free seats have been reserved for Richmond Local History Society and Richmond Society membersto purchase online without incurring a booking fee. To book your free seat, go to The promotional code is CHARITY. Then click the red Buy now button. There is no booking charge.

We plan to have a small bookstall at the event, where we will be selling copies of Richmond History 40, the 2019 issue of our annual journal, which includes an article by Mary Pollard on early productions at Richmond Theatre.

Earlier on the day of the event, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can visit the theatre for its Open Day. That, too, is free and there is no need to book.

The evening event is part of the Know Your Place Heritage Festival