Richmond enjoys a backdrop of green space and intriguing medieval history. Located south of the Thames, the town was once the residence of Tudor Kings. In fact, there are rumours that Shakespeare may have performed some of his plays here. 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 hope of one day joining the Royal Ballet Company. Those searching for shows in Richmond will find both fringe and grand-scale options. Most notable among its venues is Richmond Theatre, a grand, Victorian building which houses over 40 productions each year. Built in 1899, it is now managed by The Ambassadors Theatre Group. A quarter of a million theatregoers pass through its doors annually, attracted by the theatre’s programme of drama, opera, family shows, musicals and events.