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Dear Drama Group,
GEORGIAN THEATRE ROYAL ONE ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL 2010
1st – 6th February
I am writing to let you know that we are seeking applications to take part in our One Act
Drama Festival in the first week of February 2010. Following on from the great
performances seen at the 2009 Festival, we are encouraging groups to apply early to make
sure that they are part of a Festival that has a fantastic atmosphere and the chance to
receive adjudication from a theatre expert.
We are very lucky for the 2010 festival to have Russell Whiteley as our adjudicator; as one
of the most sought after adjudicators on the circuit, we are very pleased that Russell has us
in his busy schedule. Groups taking part can be guaranteed of a high quality consideration
of their production.
Built in 1788 by Actor Manager, Samuel Butler, as part of his theatrical circuit of 8 other
venues (Ulverston, Kendal, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk, Northallerton, Beverley and
Whitby), only the Georgian Theatre Royal survives and is Britain’s oldest working theatre
in its original form. Samuel Butler died in 1812 leaving his widow and son (William W.
Butler), whose portrait is the theatres emblem, to carry on running the business.
The theatre is a typical eighteenth century ‘Courtyard’ country playhouse and keeps alive
an important period of English theatre architecture. No other playhouse can offer such
authenticity and few other theatres can offer such intimacy. The furthest seat is only
10.7m from the stage, whose proscenium width is 4.72m with a depth of 6.4m to the back
wall. An audience capacity today of 214 places is available against the 400 who attended
performances in Georgian times when lighting was by candles. The theatre offers an
electric atmosphere, and is offering YOU the chance to tread the boards at this most
unique and intimate venue.
I look forward to hearing from you, and to having a memorable festival.
Patrons: Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Georgian Theatre (Richmond) Trust Ltd. Registered Charity 247 005. VAT Registration No. 746 707 704
Georgian Theatre Royal Productions Ltd. Registered Charity 241 921. VAT Registration No. 258 889 681
Registered Office: The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4DW