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Access Performances at Richmond Theatre

by Jack Stanley

As a venue that welcomes the local community and beyond, Richmond Theatre is committed to accessibility for as many patrons as possible. As part of this commitment, we have our biggest programme of access performances to date planned for the coming months.

Take a look at the wide variety of exciting productions touring to Richmond Theatre which have access performances programmed, and will open the theatre up to more people than ever before.

First up, hit musical Buddy rocks up to Richmond Theatre at the end of the month and celebrates 25 years of sharing the incredible life story of Buddy Holly, with the Wednesday 28 May matinee being an audio described performance.

Moving into June, a collection of Noel Coward classics get a contemporary makeover from up and coming director Blanche McIntyre in Tonight at 8.30 on from Wed 11 - Sat 14. Each show features 3 of the 9 plays and - Dinner (which includes Still Life, the play that inspired the iconic film Brief Encounter) - will have an audio described performance on Sat 14 June at 4pm. The other two trilogies Dancing and Cocktails will have captioned performances via Stagetext on Thu 12 June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm respectively.

June will also see the arrival of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 from Tue 24 - Sat 28, a biting adaptation of the seminal novel from acclaimed production company Northern Stage. The matinee on Saturday will be BSL interpreted.

This year marks the centenary of Welsh poet, playwright and icon Dylan Thomas' birth and as part of the various celebrations taking place, a new, critically lauded production of Under Milk Wood comes to Richmond from Mon 7 - Sat 12 July. A captioned performance will form part of their run at 2.30pm on Wed 9 July.

July also sees the launch of the very first Richmond Theatre Creative Learning Festival.

Presenting work from the talented participants of our Creative Learning groups, one of the shows - The Suitcase Stories - will be incorporating BSL Sign Language as part of its reimagining of Grimm Tales. This performance by both the Youth Theatre & Adult Acting Company is on Thu 24 July at 7.30pm.

A little dancing superstar takes to the Richmond Theatre  stage once more in Angelina Ballerina the Mousical, the final show in our summer season with a planned access performance. On from Fri 8 - Sun 10 Aug, the most stupendous mousical of the year will also be BSL interpreted during the 11am performance on Sun 10 Aug.

Further ahead in the not-so-distant future, December will see the opening of Richmond Theatre's next spectacular pantomime. This year, we're off to the deep dark forest to meet Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Dec 5 2014 - Jan 11 2015.

Who will be asking questions of that mirror mirror on the wall? Why it's fashion icon Jerry Hall, who will be bringing a glamourous touch to the gloriously evil, poisoned apple-offering Wicked Queen.

Three access performances are currently lined up across the run. There will a BSL interpreted performance on Fri 2 Jan at 7pm,  an audio described performance on Sat 10 Jan at 7pm and a relaxed performance, following on from previous pantomimes, on Fri 9 Jan at 1.30pm.

The latter is for those who may find an ordinary trip the theatre an intimidating or daunting sensory experience, and includes several alterations to the show as well as an optional tour of the venue prior to the performance for patrons to get to know the space.

For more information about any of these access performances or to book, don't hesitate to ask our Box Office in person at the venue, by phone on 0844 871 7651* or on the Richmond Theatre webpage*. Like to stay up-to-date via the medium of social media? Then keep an eye out on our Richmond Theatre Facebook  and our Richmond Theatre Twitter page to hear all the latest access performance announcements as soon as we get them. There are plenty more in the pipeline as we move into the autumn months so watch this space!

*Fees apply.