Richmond theatre enjoys a backdrop of green space and intriguing medieval history. Located south of the Thames, the town was once the residence of many Tudor Kings. In fact, there are some rumours that Shakespeare may have performed some of his plays here. Richmond is also close to Twickenham, famous for being the home of Rugby Union in England. Best known for its large green spaces, Richmond is home to many parks, gardens and natural landmarks. Some of these include Richmond Park (home to great numbers of deer), the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, and Kew Palace. There is also Richmond Hill, which has the Poppy Factory situated on it. The factory is staffed by ex-servicemen and women and manufactures the Remembrance Poppies worn every November. Richmond is also home to the prestigious Royal Ballet School. Situated in beautiful Richmond Park, the White Lodge building is where students of the Lower School are taught ballet, with the hopes of one day joining the Royal Ballet Company. Those searching for shows in Richmond Theatre will find both fringe and grand-scale options. Alongside The Royal Ballet School, Richmond is the home of several celebrated theatres. Perhaps most notable is the Richmond Theatre, a Victorian building which houses regular short runs of top touring productions.