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About the Richmond Theatre

Located in one of London’s suburban neighbourhoods, Richmond Theatre first opened in September 1899 with a production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Originally named the Theatre Royal and Opera House, the Grade II listed building was designed by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, and is considered one of the best surviving examples of his work. 

The theatre was refurbished and expanded in the 1990s under the supervision of designer Carl Toms, but still features its original beautiful red and gold interior. The sumptuous auditorium has made it a popular filming location, and it has stood in for various other theatres on screen. These include the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in Finding Neverland and Washington DC’s Ford Theatre in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

Currently run by ATG, Richmond Theatre has a capacity of just 840 in an intimate, comfortable auditorium. It hosts a variety of national touring productions including music, dance and comedy, as well as hosting amateur dramatics groups in residence.

Plan Your Visit

The theatre is open 90 minutes before the start of a performance.
There is no cloakroom Richmond Theatre, and patrons are advised to attend with small bags that can be taken into the auditorium.
Richmond Theatre has a variety of security measures to ensure visitors feel comfortable when watching a performance. On arrival at the theatre, security or front of house team members may carry out bag checks, so please allow plenty of time to reach your seat in the auditorium.
There is a bar on each level of the theatre, where customers can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as light snacks. For bespoke service, you can also pre-book the Ambassador Lounge when buying tickets online.
Chez Lindsay, on the riverside, is a well-reviewed French restaurant just eight minutes’ walk from the theatre, serving an array of continental meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. For those who enjoy classic British food, The Ivy Café - sister to Covent Garden’s restaurant - offers hearty favourites including shepherd’s pie.
Just ten minutes away on foot, Bingham Riverhouse is a charming boutique hotel overlooking the Thames, with an on-site country farm inspired bar. If you’re looking for a hotel on a smaller budget, Travelodge is a reliable and comfortable choice five minutes away from the theatre.

Help Booking Tickets

Tickets can be collected at the theatre’s box office up to 90 minutes before your performance is due to start. Theatregoers are advised to bring the card they booked with and confirmation email, as these can help the box office team locate your booking.
Richmond Theatre’s box office opens 90 minutes before the first performance of the day begins.
The box office team can be contacted for all booking queries on 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
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