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Rosamund Pike stars in

Hedda Gabler


CELEBRATING 110 GLORIOUS YEARS!

Richmond Theatre staff past and present celebrate 110 glorious years

Snow White 4-5 and the Seven Dwarfs 4 December - 10 January

Tim Vine and Susan Hampshire mark Richmond Theatre’s 110th onstage

Haunted 8 - 13 March

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Hedda Gabler 15 - 20 March

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The Woman in Black 12 - 16 January

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Billy Elliot The Musical 6 - 10 April

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Present Laughter 18 - 23 January

Spike Milligan’s 8-9 Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 25 - 30 January Moscow City Ballet The Sleeping Beauty The Nutcracker 3 - 6 February

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Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime 8 - 13 February

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My Wonderful Day 15 - 20 February

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The Secret of Sherlock Holmes 1 - 6 March

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Blood Brothers 22 - 27 March Dancing in the Streets 12 - 17 April

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Stepping Out 20 -24 April

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Oh What A Lovely War 27 April - 1 May

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Witness for the Prosecution 10 - 15 May

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Salome 25 - 29 May

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George’s Marvellous Medicine 22 - 26 June

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Julian Glover and Isla Blair with students from Hampton Community College

ONE NIGHT SHOWS

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The Counterfeit Stones 2 February BIGgins Night Out 14 March Björn Again 29 March Ken Dodd 30 March Jongleurs Comedy 1 April One Man Lord of the Rings 3 April Corporate Partners Creative Learning Booking Information Friends

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MID-WEEK MEET! We’re launching a new initiative for theatre lovers called Mid-Week Meet. Many of our regular audience are solo theatre-goers and in recognition of this we’ve decided to provide a monthly opportunity for you to meet one another on selected Wednesday evenings. For an extra £5 in addition to your ticket price, Mid-Week Meeters will receive a free pre-show drink and programme as well as the use of a private area in the Stalls Bar both pre-show and during the interval. To join us, simply ask for a Mid-Week Meet ticket at the time of booking (please check the individual pages within the brochure for participating shows).

The cutting of the birthday cake by Norman Fenner (Honorary Archivist), Michael Lynas (former Director) and Karin Gartzke (current Chief Executive)

Timothy West wishes Richmond Theatre many happy returns


ENJOY A TRADITIONAL FEAST OF PANTO FUN THIS CHRISTMAS Fri 4 December 2009 Sun 10 January 2010 December 7.00▲■ ●

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Richmond Theatre is cooking up the perfect Christmas treat with this year’s fun-filled pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Jane Asher will be serving up a delightful concoction of wickedness and mischief starring as the Wicked Queen. The fiendish plots and schemes of the Wicked Queen will be balanced by a helping of quick wit from funny man Tim Vine, who plays Muddles, and sprinklings of sweetness throughout from talented singer and dancer Sapphire Elia as Snow White. There’s a fine dusting of charm and romance from David Gale as the Handsome Prince, together with a large pinch of magic and illusion from Britain’s Magic Champion Jonathan Shotton, all infused with traditional panto fun and audience participation from The Dame, played by Stephen David. Combine well with fabulous sets and glittering costumes to create an unmissable Panto Extravaganza.

DISCOUNTS ■ Family ticket £68 (for 4 people)

▲ Groups of 10+

£5 off per ticket Groups of 20+ £7 off per ticket Contact Groups Hotline 0844 871 7696 S School groups of 10+ £9 per ticket plus free teacher’s ticket with every 10 children. Contact Groups Hotline 0844 871 7696 ● Concessionary rate

£3 off per ticket (children /senior citizens /students - 1 ticket per cardholder)

Audio Described Performances Wed 6 Jan, 7pm & Sat 9 Jan, 2pm Sign Interpreted Performance Fri 8 Jan, 7pm with Tracey Tyer Family Pre Show Fun Sat 5 Dec, 6pm Sun 10 Jan, 12.30pm & 4pm All discounts are subject to availability and the theatre reserves the right to withdraw discounts at any time.

Supporting the Theatres for Theatres Appeal in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital www.gosh.org ©2007 Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Registered charity no 235825

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Served up along with the secret ingredient of seven lovable quirky dwarfs and featuring the classic Disney songs Heigh-ho and Whistle While You Work, this year’s Christmas offering from Richmond Theatre is a recipe for lots of fun for the whole family.

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NOËL COWARD’S CLASSIC COMEDY The Observer ‘This is Coward at his peak’ The Observer

‘A truly nerve-shredding experience’ Daily Mail

‘Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits’ Sunday Mirror

‘The audience were jumping out of their seats’

Robert Bathurst Belinda Lang

Serena Evans

Emma Davies

Virginia Stride

The Observer

‘Imaginative and hideously real’ The Times

Book now for the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world! A lawyer, obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur, and the flesh begins to creep.

Family Ticket £76 Thu & Fri eves (for 4 people) Audio Described Performance Sat 16 Jan, 2.30pm by Denise Rocard Post Show Discussion Thu 14 Jan

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Set in the glamorous world of theatre, Present Laughter is a gloriously witty portrait of the life that whirled round Noël Coward in his heyday, sparkling from start to finish with cut-glass humour and rapid-fire repartee. Flamboyant, vain and devastatingly handsome, leading man Garry Essendine is about to set off on tour, but when he is visited by ex-wives, lawyers, playwrights and one-night stands, amongst others, the stage is set for a battle of egos! Robert Bathurst is well known to television and theatre audiences, with credits including Cold Feet, Hornblower and My Dad’s the Prime Minister. Belinda Lang, a Coward connoisseur, both directs and stars in this production. They are joined by two stalwarts of British acting, Serena Evans and Virginia Stride. Razor-sharp wit, dazzlingly funny dialogue, captivating characters and fabulous sets and costumes, this wicked slice of 1930s style will delight all lovers of great comedy.

Mon 18 - Sat 23 January Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Standard Friends Discounts Apply Mid-Week Meet! Wed 20 Jan eve, tickets £5 (See contents page for more info) ▲

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Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. Audiences are guaranteed an evening of unremitting tension as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.

Tue 12 - Sat 16 January Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

Belinda Lang Serena Evans Emma Davies Virginia Stride

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★★★★

‘Joyously funny’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Gunfire and giggles. Funny, enjoyably chaotic’ Time Out

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‘Entertainingly off-beat. Warm-hearted’ Daily Telegraph

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‘Delightful’ Evening Standard

Spike Milligan’s celebrated war memoirs take to the road once more in this gloriously absurd and exuberant hit comedy drama, which has had both audiences and critics in stitches. High comedy and tragedy collide as we follow Gunner Milligan and his jazz quartet, adrift on the tide of great historic events, discovering how humour, music and comradeship enabled a hapless bunch of young men to prevail against the might of the Nazi war machine. Songs include the jazz greats Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ain’t Misbehavin’, In the Mood, Honeysuckle Rose, Kalamazoo and many more.

★★★★ Sunday Times

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‘Fond and faithfully barmy’

Mon 25 - Sat 30 January Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

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SEE THE FAIRYTALES COME TO LIFE!

‘Enchantment and passion, lavish and extravagant’ Ipswich Evening Star

‘Round up the children and do whatever you must to get tickets’ Bath Chronicle

Founded in 1988 by former Bolshoi soloist and choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, Moscow City Ballet has become one of Russia’s most successful touring companies. We are delighted to welcome them back to Richmond with two major productions from the Russian classical repertoire.

The Sleeping Beauty The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s favourite ballets and, with its delightful Rose Adagio and exquisite pas de deux, the supreme test of every ballerina. The Princess Aurora, cursed at birth by a wicked fairy, sleeps for a hundred years until she is awakened by a kiss – and dances happily ever after.

The Nutcracker In complete contrast, The Nutcracker tells how little Clara and her Nutcracker Prince defeat the armies of the mouse-king and embark on a magical sleigh-ride to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugarplum Fairy, dancing snowflakes and a whole host of delightful characters.

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If you want to see why Russian ballet is a byword for excellence, book for both productions.

Wed 3 - Sat 6 February The Sleeping Beauty Wed 7.45pm, Thu 2.30pm & 7.45pm The Nutcracker Fri 7.45pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.45pm

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A WILDE AND WITTY COMEDY WITH A TERRIFIC LINE-UP

HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW PLAY, WRITTEN The Observer AND DIRECTED BY ALAN AYCKBOURN

The Observer

Bill Kenwright presents

Starring

Oscar Wilde’s

Gary Wilmot Lee Mead Derren Nesbitt David Ross Louisa Clein and Kate O’Mara

Adapted by

Trevor Baxter Directed by

Christopher Luscombe

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‘A feat of extraordinary imagination’ Yorkshire Post

★★★★

‘Ayckbourn can bring the house down with a single word’

‘This comedy gem is fantastic fun!’

The Times

Daily News

‘An absolutely Wilde evening. It’d be a crime to miss it!’

Mon 15 - Sat 20 February Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company, Scarborough in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre presents

The Gazette

Bill Kenwright follows up his recent critically acclaimed revivals of Oscar Wilde’s plays with Trevor Baxter’s adaptation of this celebrated story.

The Stage

Lord Arthur Savile is deliriously happy: a pillar of Victorian society, he’s on the verge of marriage to the lovely Sybil. Then an encounter with a clairvoyant reveals that he is destined to commit murder, and Arthur decides that to protect his future wife, he must commit this bloody deed before he marries. As he sets about deciding which of his family and friends could be most conveniently eliminated, chaos predictably ensues…

Mon 8 – Sat 13 February Mon – Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

This delightfully daffy comedy has a deceptive vein of black humour, sprinkled with Wilde’s inimitable one-liners.

Standard Friends Discounts Apply Mid-Week Meet! Wed 10 Feb eve, tickets £5 (See contents page for more info)

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By Alan Ayckbourn It’s a wonderful day indeed as Britain’s favourite playwright, the fabulous Alan Ayckbourn, launches his 73rd play. This time he focuses on the adult world as seen through the eyes of a thoughtful nine-year-old. Off school for the day, Winnie accompanies her mother to work. She has an essay to write entitled ‘My Wonderful Day’. Nobody takes any notice of the little girl sitting quietly in a corner. But Winnie finds that the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the adults in this odd household provide her with more than enough fascinating material for her essay… This sparkling new comedy brims with wit and warmth, as well as Ayckbourn’s trade mark of pushing the boundaries of theatre conventions. Be among the first to see it, following its Scarborough premiere and the ‘Brits Off Broadway’ season in New York. Minimal use of strong language.

Exclusive Members Benefit Matcham members only 2 for 1 Mon - Fri, all perfs Stalls & Dress Circle

Proud to support the Richmond Friends Post Show First Night Party Mon 15 Feb, tickets £5 Post Show Discussion Thu 18 Feb ®

STAGETEXT Captioned Performance Fri 19 Feb, 7.45pm Audio Described Performance Sat 20 Feb, 2.30pm by Denise Rocard ▲

Fresh from success in Any Dream Will Do and the title role in Joseph in the West End, the multi-talented Lee Mead makes his comedy debut starring as Lord Arthur. Opposite him, an all-star cast is led by the legendary Gary Wilmot, (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Me and My Girl), Kate O’Mara (Dynasty, Bad Girls), David Ross (The Green Green Grass), Derren Nesbitt (Special Branch, Where Eagles Dare) and Louisa Clein (Judge John Deed) . 12

‘An evening of theatrical enchantment’

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‘A trio of wondrous performances’

THRILLING JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF The Observer THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE!

The Guardian

‘The most stunning theatrical production of the year, takes your breath away’

‘The writing is sublime. Quirky and clever, lush and perfumed’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Blethyn and her co-stars rose to the challenge with bravura performances’

The Stage on The Hound of the Baskervilles

Manchester Evening News

Peter Egan and Philip Franks

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Starring

Brenda Blethyn, Niall Buggy and Beth Cooke

By Jeremy Paul The Secret of Sherlock Holmes takes us on a thrilling journey into the mind of the great detective, probing his complex relationships with the two most significant people in his life. Holmes’ friendship with Dr Watson embraces both his driving ambition and an unspoken need for human contact. The archcriminal Professor Moriarty is, quite simply, his nemesis… Following Holmes’ seemingly fatal encounter with Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, Watson finds his loyalty tested to the very limit, while the great man is forced to confront his hidden demons and admit his deep-seated need for friendship. Is there, after all, a heart behind the intellectual façade?

Family Ticket £80 Fri & Sat eves (for 4 people)

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Niall Buggy and the multi-award-winning Brenda Blethyn star in this beguiling new play by one of Irish literature’s shining stars. ‘Braham Murray’s emerald-brilliant production reveals Haunted to be a rich work. Blethyn gives an uncompromising performance’ The Independent ‘Brenda Blethyn is excellent. O’Brien’s language is beautifully chosen. An assured piece of theatre’ Metro

Mon 8 - Sat 13 March Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Exclusive Members Benefit Richmond Friends & Matcham Club 2 for 1 Mon – Fri, all perfs Stalls & Dress Circle ▲

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Reprising their acclaimed roles from the The Hound of The Baskervilles are Peter Egan (Ever Decreasing Circles, Noises Off) as Holmes and Philip Franks (Heartbeat, Journey’s End) as Watson. Directed by Robin Herford (The Woman in Black, and The Hound of the Baskervilles) this is a must-see for fans of crime and mystery.

Mon 1 - Sat 6 March Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

Haunted is a tale of obsession. A middle-aged man is captivated by a young woman who calls at the house, and his desperate attempts to engineer her return arouse his wife’s suspicions. A common story of foolish mid-life folly, perhaps – but is it real? Dreams and desire, passion and poetry mingle as these seemingly ordinary characters are brought poignantly to life. And as you’d expect from the legendary Edna O’Brien, there’s a heady dash of that old Irish magic she weaves so well.

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IBSEN’S HIGHLY CHARGED MASTERPIECE, The Observer PRIOR TO THE WEST END

‘The arts can take you to places you never dreamed of’ Elton John, composer Billy Elliot The Musical

‘What a thrilling performance, Songtime do it again’ Watford Observer

‘The magic of theatre is always inspiring when young people give so much energy’

Tim McInnerny

‘Ibsen’s magnificent play... grips like a thriller’

The Post (Quotes refer to previous Songtime productions)

Daily Telegraph

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents

Rosamund Pike and Tim McInnerny in

HEDDA GABLER By Henrik Ibsen Directed by Adrian Noble

Mon 15 - Sat 20 March Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

Thrilling, enigmatic, destructive, Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s most provoking characters, a heroine years ahead of her time.

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Returning from honeymoon and already bored with her marriage, headstrong Hedda finds herself caught between the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Loevborg and the clutches of the predatory Judge Brack. We can only watch as she embarks on a path of folly that can have only one outcome… Rosamund Pike’s screen roles range from Bond villainess Miranda Frost in Die Another Day to Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Most recently she played the title role in Madame De Sade at the Donmar, and dazzles in the new film An Education.

Proud to support the Richmond Friends Post Show First Night Party Mon 15 Mar, tickets £5 Post Show Discussion Thu 18 March

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To celebrate Billy Elliot The Musical’s five glorious years in the West End, for the first time the producers are offering schools and youth groups an opportunity to stage the show themselves, with a version of the West End script specially written for children of all ages. Songtime Theatre Arts is thrilled to be part of ‘Billy Youth Theatre 2010’, competing with other youth theatre producctions with the chance to follow in Billy’s footsteps and perform in London’s West End! The heart-warming story of the boy whose love of dancing threatened to tear not only his family but whole communities apart started life on the big screen in 2000 and hit the West End stage in 2005. Since then it has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, winning 10 Tony Awards, including the prestigious ‘Best Musical’, for the team of writer Lee Hall, composer Sir Elton John and director Stephen Daldry.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THIS AMAZING PRODUCTION? Songtime Theatre Arts will be holding auditions for their amateur youth production of Billy Elliot to be staged here at Richmond Theatre in April. All auditionees must be 10 - 19 years old. To book an audition please visit the website at www.songtime.co.uk

Tue 6 - Sat 10 April Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 3pm Family Ticket (for 4 people) £55 Tue - Fri, £62 Sat Groups 10+ £15.50 per ticket Tue - Thu Groups 20+ £14.50 per ticket Tue - Thu ▲

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Audio Described Performance Sat 20 Mar, 2.30pm by Denise Rocard

Tim McInnerny will always be Blackadder’s Lord Percy and Captain Darling but his many other screen credits include Spooks and Inspector George Gently, while stage roles range from Frank ‘n’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Show to Hamlet and Iago at the Globe.

THE PERFECT EASTER FAMILY TREAT

Songtime Theatre Arts is proud to present a youth theatre adaptation of this best-loved musical, set against the miners’ strike of 1984.

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‘Gripping, gritty, superb. It’s a must!’

THE MUSICAL FOR ALL TIME

Mail on Sunday

‘Devastating. A masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it, go. If you have, go again’

‘Exhilarating. One of the best musicals ever written’ Bill Kenwright Sunday Times

presents

Bill Kenwright presents

News Of The World

‘Marvellous’ Midweek

‘Triumphant’ The Listener

‘Brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval’ Daily Mail

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers, and Bill Kenwright’s production, having recently celebrated its 21st phenomenal year in London, continues to enjoy standing ovations at every devastating performance. No wonder Blood Brothers is now ‘The musical for all time’.

International Herald Tribune

The Spectator 18previous cast photos Includes

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‘The greatest musical of the decade’

‘Unmissable and unbeatable’

Mon 22 - Sat 27 March Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

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THE AWARD-WINNING HIT COMEDY BY RICHARD HARRIS

THE HIT WEST END SHOW

‘A tip-tap comedy treat’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘The packed audience laughs, cheers and gasps along with them’ The Stage

★★★★

Manchester Evening News

‘Comedy of the year’ Evening Standard

‘Hilarious’ Glasgow Herald

★★★★ Whatsonstage

Motown’s Greatest Hits Featuring the legendary Motown classics: I Heard It Through The Grapevine, My Girl, Dancing in the Streets, I’ll Be There, Stop In the Name of Love, Tears of a Clown, Tracks of My Tears Experience the energy, emotion and electricity of Motown with Dancing in the Streets, a spectacular celebration of the music that came from the heart of Detroit! After wowing audiences for three years in the West End, Ivor Novello Award-winning director Keith Strachan now brings this hit show to Richmond.

Photos of West End cast

Mon 12 - Sat 17 April Mon - Thu eves 7.45pm, Fri 5pm and 8.30pm, Sat 4pm & 7.45pm Standard Friends Discounts Apply Buy 5 tickets and get sixth one FREE Fri 16 Apr 5pm & Sat 17 Apr 4pm perfs (available on top price only)

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In a dusty church hall, ex-professional dancer Mavis Turner holds her weekly tap class. Every Thursday, in stumbles her well-intentioned but not overly talented troupe – the awkward but hugely enthusiastic Lynne, snooty Vera, streetwise Maxine and the rest of the group – all brought together to dance as if no one is watching, and hopefully no-one ever will! That’s until they’re invited to perform at a charity gala. As disbelief is replaced by sheer terror, can this bunch of amateurs pull together and put on the performance of a lifetime? This hilariously funny and heart-warming play proves that in dancing as in life, it’s always better to follow your own tune.

Tue 20 - Sat 24 April Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Standard Friends Discounts Apply ▲

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STAR CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED

Capital Radio

Made famous by such legendary artists as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores, Lionel Richie, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson, Motown broke down barriers around the world whilst producing some of the most influential and enduring songs of the 20th century. With a full supporting company of singers, dancers and an amazing live band, Dancing in the Streets re-creates the style and music of all your favourite Motown stars!

‘If there’s one stage show you have to see, this is it!’

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KILLER THRILLER FROMFROM THE KILLER THRILLER UNDISPUTED QUEEN OF CRIME THE QUEEN OF CRIME

FUNNY AND MOVING THEATRICAL The Observer CHRONICLE OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Ltd presents

A Northern Stage Production of Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment

‘A company that clearly understands and loves Christie’s work’ Windsor Express

By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast. Title suggested by Ted Allan.

Tue 27 April - Sat 1 May Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

A show that combines the emotional punch of Birdsong, the satire of Blackadder and the edgy squaddies’ humour of Black Watch - that’s Oh What a Lovely War.

Exclusive Members Benefit Richmond Friends & Matcham Club 2 for 1 Tue - Fri, all perfs Stalls & Dress Circle

Created in 1963 by Joan Littlewood and her revolutionary Theatre Workshop, this tragi-comic version of WW1 changed the way we think about war forever. Now, with Iraq and Afghanistan in view, Northern Stage’s new production introduces this landmark work to a new generation. A motley collection of musicians, dancers, singers and clowns come armed with sketches, songs and stories for your entertainment, including poignant songs like Pack Up Your Troubles, Keep The Home Fires Burning and It’s A Long Way To Tipperary.

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Emily French, an elderly woman who plans to leave her considerable estate to the charming young Leonard, is found dead. Murdered. Though he protests his innocence, Leonard quickly becomes the prime suspect. His plea hinges on his wife’s testimony, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious young woman, bearing an unexpected clue. Will the truth be revealed in time or will Leonard be declared guilty at the hands of the Witness for the Prosecution? In a world where everyone seems to be harbouring a dark secret, this gripping courtroom drama will keep you guessing until the final fatal moment.

‘The Agatha Christie Theatre Company always delivers a thrilling night out’ The Herald

STAR CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED

Mon 10 - Sat 15 May Mon - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Standard Friends Discounts Apply ▲

Recommended 12+

Post Show Discussion Thu 29 April

Co-directed by Erica Whyman (Our Friends in the North, A Doll’s House, Look Back in Anger), and Sam Kenyon (Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunset Boulevard), this is musical comedy with a tough, dark heart.

Audio Described Performance Sat 1 May, 2.30pm by Denise Rocard

Following the success of The Hollow, The Unexpected Guest, And Then There Were None and Spider's Web, The Agatha Christie Theatre Company is proud to present the next instalment in the highly acclaimed series, Witness for the Prosecution.

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FORTHCOMING SHOWS

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ONE NIGHT SHOWS

Oscar Wilde

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

With Rupert Goold at the helm as artistic director, and the runaway successes of recent productions ENRON and 6 Characters in Search of an Author, Headlong has confirmed its reputation as one of the most exhilarating and provocative touring theatre companies around. The savage power of ancient myth collides with twentieth century decadence in Oscar Wilde’s unforgettable verse tragedy when, in return for performing the dance of the seven veils, Salome, step-daughter of King Herod, demands the head of John the Baptist. Jamie Lloyd (Three Days of Rain, Piaf - West End) directs a vivid contemporary production of this rarely-seen masterpiece, rendered in exquisite poetry and astonishing theatrical images.

Tue 25 - Sat 29 May Tue - Sat eves 7.45pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

Dahl

Adapted by David

Wood

We present Roald Dahl’s amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun! The Birmingham Stage Company is back on tour, following its acclaimed productions of Horrible Histories, Why the Whales Came and Danny the Champion of the World. Don’t miss fizztickling fun and wizzpopping magic for all the family!

Tue 22 - Sat 26 June Tue 7pm, Wed - Fri 1.30pm & 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm Family Ticket £46 Tue - Fri (for 4 people)

Standard Friends Discounts Apply

Groups 10+ £11.50 tickets Tue - Fri Groups 20+ £9.50 tickets Tue - Fri

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By Roald

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The Counterfeit Stones Get Off My Chord The Counterfeit Stones theatre show is a fantastic musical mockumentary of the Rolling Stones’ colourful history from 1962 and chronologically covers the biggest hit songs, fashion and vintage instruments from nearly five decades. As well as much-loved classics, audiences will be treated to a series of humorous spoof film clips depicting the events that turned a scruffy blues band into a legend. You’ll rock with laughter!

‘They were brilliant, lively, energetic and engaging’ Time Out

Tue 2 February 7.45pm

BIGgins Night Out

Björn Again

A variety show with a modern twist!

2010 - Here we go again

Presented by Princess Alice Hospice Join Christopher Biggins* for an evening of music, comedy and dance as he brings ‘Variety’ back to Richmond Theatre, with Leanne Jones, star of Hairspray the Musical, and other special guests from the worlds of West End, television and light entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Princess Alice Hospice. *subject to availability

One Aussie bloke presents 4 pretendy Swedes and a trip to the theatre you’ll never forget! Björn Again, created and founded in 1988 by Australian musician Rod Stephen, is coming to Richmond Theatre as part of a national tour. Join in all the fun with an electric evening featuring ABBA’s hits and songs from Mamma Mia. This promises to be a great party night out for everyone!

‘Björn Again has been going for twice as long as ABBA did!’ Benny Andersson

Sun 14 March 7pm

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CORPORATE PARTNERS AND RICHMOND THEATRE TRUST DONORS

ONE NIGHT SHOWS

SPONSORS

CORPORATE MEMBERS

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IN KIND SUPPORTERS

Ken Dodd

Jongleurs Comedy

Ken Dodd is one of Britain’s funniest comedians - a true legend, icon and national treasure who has been entertaining us for over 55 years.

The UK’s number one comedy company is coming to Richmond! Come along with your friends and enjoy two hours of top stand up.

Come and enjoy his famous Happiness Show and you’ll be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) with a truly tattifelarius evening of laughter and songs presented by a comic genius. Enjoy a fun-filled variety show for all the family, with guests, non-stop gags and a selection of songs in celebration of more than 55 hilarious years of Happiness with The Squire of Knotty Ash. Extra date added Tue 30 March 7pm Wed 31 March 7pm SOLD OUT 26

Jongleurs has launched the careers of many household names and continues to tour many of the hottest comedians around. The line up for Richmond includes MC Drew Barr, Geoff Norcott, Geoff Boyz and Curtis Walker. Tickets will go like lightning, so book yours now and get ready for one of the funniest nights you’ll have this year! (Line up subject to change. Suitable for over 18s only)

Thu 1 April 7.45pm

LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

One Man Lord of the Rings Charles Ross, creator of the hugely successful One Man Star Wars Trilogy, returns with his equally hilarious follow-up in which he recreates the enchanting world of Middleearth, armed with nothing more than a pair of elbow pads and his outrageous imagination. No props or costumes are required as Ross hurtles through the Tolkien trilogy – The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King – in just 3,600 seconds of unbelievable kinetic entertainment. The Lord of the Rings and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Sat 3 April 7.30pm

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Richmond Theatre Trust

The theatre has a strong record of building mutually beneficial corporate partnerships that raise brand awareness, provide PR opportunities and offer local companies a chance to give something back to their community.

Venue for Hire Richmond Theatre has a range of areas that can be hired for a variety of events such as conferences, meetings, drinks parties and weddings. Tailor-made packages with catering are also available. For further information regarding corporate partners, please contact: Shelagh Séjourné Business & Community Development Officer Telephone 020 8332 4522 Email shelaghsejourne@theambassadors.com Box Office 0844 871 7651

Facilitating community learning and participation at Richmond Theatre DONORS Heritage Lottery Fund Dramatic Edge Jack Petchey Foundation London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames London Development Agency Richmond Children’s Fund The Peter Beckwith Harrow Trust Friends of Normansfield Ivy Learning Services Arthur Donald Fleming Mary Joyce Ryan Barbara Guelff 27


C R E AT E ACT W R ITE DA N C E S I N G

CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMME

RICHMOND THEATRE 110 PROJECT In 2009 Richmond Theatre celebrates its 110th birthday. We are looking for a group of young people, aged 13+ to work alongside a professional team to create a new play based on people’s memories of Richmond Theatre. Summer School 2009

POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS

FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

Woman in Black Thu 14 January

Pantomime Workshops Primary: Fun, interactive drama workshops based on the story of Snow White for groups of 10 - 100. Secondary: Learn about the unique theatrical traditions of pantomime through this fun, practical and informative session for KS3 and 4. Contact the Creative Learning Department to book.

Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall Thu 28 January My Wonderful Day Thu 18 February Hedda Gabler Thu 18 March Oh What a Lovely War Thu 29 April

Photographs Andrew Davidson and Edmund Bing

PRE SHOW EVENTS

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Youth Theatre Performance 2009

The Sleeping Beauty Moscow City Ballet Company Class Thu 4 February, 11am Age: 11 + & adults Watch the Company as they are put through their paces in their daily Ballet class. £3, book via Box Office Oh What a Lovely War Wed 28 April, 1pm Pack up your troubles and sing-a-long with the classic First World War songs from the show before the matinee performance. Free

Woman in Black Page to Stage workshops Exploring the creative vision, the rehearsal process and performance, design, use of sound, staging and visual elements of the production. Suitable for students studying English or Drama at GCSE or A/AS Level. £3 per student (minimum 25 per group), Contact the Creative Learning Department to book. In School Workshops Download a resource pack from www.thewomaninblack.com

Oh What a Lovely War Contact the Creative Learning Department for details of Northern Stage’s programme for schools and colleges.

FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE I ❤ Panto Ages 8-12 yrs Work with a musical theatre professional to learn and stage a song from Snow White Sat 12 December, 10am - 12.30pm £10, book via Box Office I ❤ Ballet Fun & creative workshops lead by a professional choreographer based on The Nutcracker Age 5 - 7yrs, 10 - 11am Age 8 - 11 yrs, 11.30am - 12.30pm Sat 6 February, £10, book via Box Office Just Musicals! 110 years of Musical Theatre Our popular half term course is back. This year, to mark the theatre’s 110th anniversary, each group will learn and stage a medley of songs from Musical Theatre productions

Family Fun Day 2009

Family Fun Day 2009

of the past 110 years. Group A (8 - 11 yrs): Mon 15 - Wed 17 Feb, 10am-1pm Group B (12 - 14 yrs): Mon 15-Wed 17 Feb, 2pm - 5pm Group C (15 - 18 yrs): Thu 18 Feb, 11am-5pm £30, book via Box Office

FOR ADULTS

Technical Theatre Insight Workshop Sat 9 January, 10.30am - 12pm Ages 12 - 16 yrs Find out about our Technical Department and their work through demonstrations and practical activities. £5, book via Box Office

FOR FAMILIES Snow White Pre show Family Fun Sat 5 December, 6pm Sun 10 January, 12.30pm & 4pm Entertainment and activities for families, including face painting, dressing-up and arts & crafts. Free The Nutcracker Pre show Family Fun Sat 6 February, 1.30pm Dress up in Ballet costumes and then design your own! Free

Introduction to Theatre Continuing our popular workshops aimed at anyone with an interest in theatre, no previous experience necessary to take part. Costume Design Sat 16 January, 10am - 12pm Comedy Sat 23 January, 10am - 12pm £15, book via Box Office Richmond Theatre and Libraries Poetry Reading Group Tue, 11am - 12pm: 12 Jan, 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 27 Apr For anyone who enjoys reading poems and songs aloud; join us each month in the stalls bar. Free (just turn up) Theatre Tours Bespoke tours for groups covering the architectural, operational and artistic developments at Richmond Theatre since its opening in 1899. £5 per head; contact the Creative Learning Department to discuss.

We are also looking for adult volunteers who are not currently working to take an opportunity to learn new skills as they research and create an exhibition about the history of the Theatre that will go on display at the Museum of Richmond and other local venues. Workshops will begin in March 2010. The anniversary year will come to an end in September 2010 with a celebratory performance of the young people’s play and the launch of the exhibition. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Richmond Theatre Trust and the Peter Beckwith Harrow Trust. For more information contact: eleanorpackham@ theambassadors.com CONTACT DETAILS Creative Learning Department: 020 8332 4524 / janemetcalfe@ theambassadors.com Box Office 0844 871 7651 (transaction fee)

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Information Line 020 8332 4545 Box Office 0844 871 7651 (£2.75 transaction fee) Talk Text Service 18001 0871 297 5454 (textphone user) and 18002 0871 297 5454 (hearing person) Box Office fax 020 8332 4509 (credit cards only) Groups Hotline 0844 871 7696 Access Bookings 0844 871 7677 Email groups: richmondgroups@ theambassadors.com Email: richmondboxoffice@ theambassadors.com On-line booking: www.ambassadortickets.com/ richmond

BOOKING OPENS Sat 14 Nov Ambassador Friends, Richmond Friends & Matcham Club Thu 19 Nov General booking Box Office hours Call in person at Richmond Theatre Box Office Mon to Sat 10am - 8pm (except on non perf days and days with no eve shows when we will close at 6pm). Please note that the Box Office will open at 11am the first Tuesday of each month and is unable to take bookings in person for future shows one hour prior to a performance. Telephone sales Open from Mon to Sat 9am - 10pm and Sun 10am - 8pm. We accept Visa, Access, Switch and American Express Booking conditions A transaction fee of £2.75 will be added to all telephone, e-mail, postal and fax bookings. A transaction fee of £2.75 and a per ticket booking fee of up to £2 will be added to all online bookings. Productions marked * are subject to a £3 per ticket booking fee and a £2.75 transaction fee for all sales channels except Box Office counter sales. Friends will not pay any booking or transaction fees except on productions marked *. Please note that tickets may be exchanged for a £2 fee per ticket for that week’s show only. Children under 5 will not be admitted to Richmond Theatre, except for

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children and family shows. For health and safety reasons we cannot admit babies into the auditorium. Children entering the auditorium must have a ticket and be able to sit in their own seat. £1 goes to your theatre’s restoration fund. CONCESSIONS & DISCOUNTS Only one discount per ticket may apply. Proof of concession must be presented for standby tickets. All discounts are subject to availability, please check with the Box Office. Subscribe and save £3 off per ticket when booking 4 or more shows at the same time on Mon - Fri eves for Stalls and Dress Circle. Not applicable to children’s shows, one nighters or Panto. Senior Citizens, Under 18s and Students £3 off Mon - Thu perfs and mats. Standby tickets (Not available for Snow White and Billy Elliot). From 1 hour before the performance senior citizens (excl mats), students, under 18s, unemployed people and members of theatre unions can buy the best available seats for just £10 (£12 for musicals and opera, £15 for ballet), and must be paid for with cash only.

GROUP BOOKINGS Groups of 10 + Varying ticket discounts are available on most shows. Schools, Colleges and Universities Tickets from £9 are available on selected performances for Groups of 10+. For further details contact the Groups Hotline on 0844 871 7696. Open Mon - Sat.

Due to the varying nature of the shows and sets, we cannot guarantee an unrestricted view from all seats at all times. COME AND SEE US Tours of this historic building take place on the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon. Tickets are just £3 per person from the Box Office. Book in advance.

HOW TO GET HERE By car - Approach by the A316. There is free parking on Richmond Green and the Old Deer Park after 6.30pm. By train - 20 minutes from Waterloo (SW Trains), 15 minutes by tubes (District Line) from Hammersmith or London Overground from North London. ACCESS INFORMATION Please advise us in advance of any special needs you or anyone in your party may have. The Box Office staff will be happy to help in any way they can and to offer advice at the time of booking - all wheelchair spaces must be reserved at time of booking. The Stalls, Stalls Bar and an adapted toilet are accessible to wheelchair users. An induction loop has now been fully installed and commissioned in the auditorium. There are a limited number of headsets for the infra-red hearing system which should be booked in advance at the Box Office. Headsets are available from the cloakroom in the foyer on payment of a returnable deposit (£5). Hearing dogs and guide dogs are welcome in the theatre. Please inform the Box Office at the time of booking. There are free non-reserved parking spaces for orange/blue badge holders close to the theatre.

£ Disabled people and their escort are entitled to £3 off all performances. An access leaflet is available, together with an audio cd of this brochure. Please contact David Birrell, Theatre Manager, on 020 8332 4500. Discounts/ offers are not retrospective. The information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to press. Richmond Theatre reserves the right to alter the advertised programme or facilities if necessary. Data protection Richmond Theatre is managed by Richmond Theatre Ltd, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. We would like to add or retain your details on our lists to keep you informed about future events, special offers and other developments. We also look to secure information and special offers too for you from other organisations. You will also be asked whether you want to receive any of this information the next time you book. If you do not want to receive information from ourselves and/or third parties or have any queries, contact the Marketing Department on 020 8332 4500.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

BOOK YOUR PROGRAMMES AND ICE CREAMS IN ADVANCE WHEN BUYING YOUR TICKETS!

Snow White Present Laughter Mon - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve Woman in Black / Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall /My Wonderful Day Mon - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve The Sleeping Beauty / The Nutcracker Mats Eves Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Mon - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

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£27

£25

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£22 £19 £23

£21 £27

£22 £19 £23

£19 £16 £21

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£20 £16 £21

£17 £13 £17

£16 £16 £17

£15 £18

£16 £14 £17

£28 £27 £30

£27 £22 £28

£29 £34

£28 £24 £29

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes / Witness for the Prosecution Mon - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£25 £21 £26

£22 £19 £23

£20 £16 £21

£16 £14 £17

£28 £24 £29

Haunted Mon - Fri eves Wed mat Sat mat Sat eve

£28 £22 £26 £29

£25 £19 £23 £26

£21 £17 £20 £22

£17 £14 £16 £18

£31 £25 £29 £32

Hedda Gabler Mon - Fri eves Wed mat Sat mat Sat eve

A

B

C

D

S

Stepping Out Tue - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£25 £21 £26

£22 £19 £23

£20 £16 £21

£16 £14 £17

£28 £24 £29

Oh What A Lovely War / Salome Tue - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£24 £19 £25

£22 £19 £23

£19 £16 £20

£16 £16 £17

£27 £22 £28

£23

£23

£21

The Conterfeit Stones / Ken Dodd Björn Again

£20.50 £20.50 £18.50

Jongleurs Comedy

£15

£15

£13

£11

One Man Lord of the Rings

£17

£17

£15

£15

BIGgins Night Out

£27.50 £24 £16 £12 xes £50 † VIP tickets £42.50 † Box

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Adults £16 Children £11

Bars on every level

Upper Circle

Dress Circle

Stalls STAGE

£28.50 £22.50 £26.50 £29.50

£25.50 £21.50 £17.50 £19.50 £17.50 £14.50 £23.50 £20.50 £16.50 £26.50 £22.50 £18.50

£21 £18.50

† Includes a meet the cast champagne reception after the show Seating plans and price breaks may vary for some productions Price band S relates to superior seats situated in Row B & C of the Dress Circle Discounts not available on superior seats

£31.50 £25.50 £29.50 £32.50

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP

Billy Elliot The Musical Tue - Sat (adults) Tue - Fri (children) Sat (children)

£19 £12 £15

£19 £12 £15

£17 £11 £13

£17 £11 £13

Blood Brothers Mon - Fri eves & Sat mat Wed mat Sat eve

£27 £23 £29

£23 £20 £25

£21 £18 £23

£19 £14 £21

£30 £26 £32

Dancing in the Streets Mon - Fri eves Fri early Sat early Sat eve

£26 £18 £25 £28

£22 £18 £21 £24

£18 £14 £17 £19

£14 £12 £13 £16

£29 £21 £28 £31

Richmond Theatre is operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), currently the largest theatre group in the West End and separately, the second largest in the UK regions, with a total of 23 venues. ATG currently owns and operates 10 high profile West End Theatres: the Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Phoenix, Playhouse, Piccadilly, Savoy and Trafalgar Studios. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors, Woking; Theatre Royal Brighton; Victoria Hall and Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent; Milton Keynes Theatre; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Richmond Theatre; King’s and Theatre Royal in Glasgow and New Wimbledon Theatre. Current and recent ATG successes in London

include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Elling, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story.

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JOIN US! Ambassador Friends £25

For just £25,enjoy Exclusive Priority Booking Ambassador Friends’ discounts at your home venue and ATG’s other regional AND West End venues No online fees for most productions and much, much more!

Richmond Friends £40 Benefits include all of the Ambassador Friends benefits, PLUS Save £5 on up to two Stalls and Dress Circle seats Mon-Wed eve and Sat mat and four seats for Sat mat Exclusive 2-for-1 ticket offers every season (see brochure for details)

FRIENDS PRIORITY ALLOCATION Damian Lewis Tara Fitzgerald Keira Knightley Dominic Rowan in

Molière’s

The Misanthrope Martin Crimp Comedy Theatre, London from 7 December

Come to a first night party and meet the stars. Tickets £5 (see brochure for details)

in a version by

Free Richmond Theatre Tours

Full details at www.ambassadortickets.com/friends or AmbassadorFriends booking line 0844 8717655riends For more information on Richmond Friends contact Nick Bagge, nickbagge@theambassadors.com, Tel 020 8332 4523 Côte Richmond is proud to sponsor the Friends’ scheme


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