Located south of the Thames, Richmond was once the residence of Tudor Kings, and there are rumours that Shakespeare may have performed some of his plays here. The town is also home to the prestigious Royal Ballet School, and the White Lodge building in Richmond Park is where students of the Lower School are taught. Those searching for shows in Richmond will find both fringe and grand-scale options. Most notable among its venues is Richmond Theatre. A quarter of a million theatregoers pass through its doors annually, attracted by a programme of drama, opera, family shows, musicals and events.