The Richmond Theatre announces its Summer 2013 Season

The 800 seat+ Richmond Theatre in south London has announced it Summer Season. The Richmond theatre is a receiving house that has many visiting productions playing for just one week, most part of a UK tour and some prior to the West End.

The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, new version by John Donnelly (29 May to 1 June 2013). Directed by Blanche McIntyre, produced by Headlong and The Nuffield. Explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.

Less Than Kind, by Terence Rattigan (3 to 8 June 2013). Directed by Adrian Brown, cast includes Sue Holderness, William Gaminara. Concerns Michael Brown, an idealistic socialist 17 year old who on his return from five years evacuation in Canada during World War Two, is horrified to find Olivia, his widowed mother living with Sir John Fletcher, a married Tory MP and industrialist. The play centres on Olivia’s anguish as she is torn between her love for her son and for her lover.

The Governess, by Patrick Hamilton (10 to 15 June 2013). Cast includes Jenny Seagrove . Features Detective Rough (a character later made famous by the author’s best known play Gaslight) as he tackles the case of a missing infant following the arrival of The Governess.

Blue Remembered Hills, by Dennis Potter (18 to 22 June 2013). Produced by Northern Stage . Takes us to a world of dappled sunshine and long, playful afternoons to remind us that no-one is ever truly innocent.

Go Back For Murder, by Agatha Christie (24 to 29 June 2013). Cast includes Liza Goddard, Robert Duncan, Sophie Ward, Lysette Anthony, Gary Mavers and Ben Nealon. Carla Le Marchant learns a disturbing family secret; her mother, Caroline Crale, died in prison after being convicted for poisoning her father. Caroline leaves an intriguing legacy in the form of a letter professing her innocence and, believing this to be true, Carla is determined to clear her mother’s name. Enlisting the help of Justin Fogg; the son of her mother’s defence lawyer, Carla searches out all the players from her tragic history and brings them back to the scene of the crime to uncover the truth.

Relative Values, by Noel Coward (8 to 13 July 2013). Directed by Trevor Nunn, cast includes Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath. Set in the early 1950s, Relative Values is about the uproarious culture clash between the glittering world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy.

Rising Damp, comedy based on TV series by Eric Chappell (15 to 20 July 2013).

The Pitmen Painters, by Lee Hall (5 to 10 Aug 2013). In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

The Richmond theatre has also announced its Christmas Pantomine.
Peter Pan, (6 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014). Fly away on a magical adventure to Neverland, as this year Richmond Theatre brings you a swashbuckling spectacular of a pantomime. Full of songs, dazzling dancing and more than a sprinkle of fairy dust.

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