Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre

Welcome to the Richmond Shakespeare Society

We are a highly-respected amateur dramatic society founded in 1934 to perform Shakespeare's plays annually in the open air.

Today we have grown to a programme of eight productions a year by vastly differing playwrights from ancient Greece to the modern day. In addition, we have two shows by our Youth Theatre groups.

We have our own theatre, the Mary Wallace Theatre by the riverside in Twickenham. Our Summer Show is an Open Air production, in the gardens of neighbouring York House.

Please note that the Mary Wallace is a Club Theatre and that only members of the RSS may buy tickets. However, becoming a member is easy and costs only £10; members may buy tickets for friends and family. The Summer Show is open to non-members.

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Next production:  7 - 14 November 2015

King Lear

by William Shakespeare
directed by Simon Bartlett

Few would dispute that King Lear is one of the supreme works of mankind.  If Shakespeare had written nothing else, this single play would ensure his immortality.

From the age old starting point of fathers and their children, Shakespeare has created a masterpiece that draws the personal, the political, the mythic and the cosmic into an astonishing and terrifying drama of humanity and inhumanity.  It reaches back to the oldest of legends, yet is all too real to our news battered 21st century world - and breaks your heart.

As King Lear begins losing his sanity and all he holds dear, his abdication of power starts to hit home. His worst imaginings and fears come true and there is no way for him but to flee the social order he has disrupted and head into the natural world that is now as broken as the political one. 


Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 November 2015
Evenings at 7.45p.m., except Sunday matinee at 3p.m. • No performance Wednesday

Telephone bookings open on 25 October: Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 020 8744 0547
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“Take honour from me, and my life is done” Richard II, Act i, Sc.1