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Richmond has had a long love affair with the arts dating to as far back as can be remembered, to the point where even the palaces have played host to all forms of entertainment for esteemed guests. Theatre has been an age old tradition, a favourite past-time for all and still proves to be, with the theatres listed below having a range of performances that will appeal to everyone.

Orange Tree Theatre

Re-opened in 1991, it is built specifically as a 'theatre-in-the-round' and specialises in staging new plays and neglected classics.

Puppet Theatre Barge

Established in 1979, then opening as a theatre barge in 1982; the company provides innovative quality theatre using marionettes. Performances range from for children to young teens, but regardless will appeal to all.

Richmond Theatre

Built and opened in 1899, the Richmond Theatre is one of the finest surviving examples of Frank Matcham's works, and presents a wide range of high quality drama, musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment each year.