The Mary Wallace Theatre takes centre stage
Watch out for the Mary Wallace Theatre appearing in the remake of the fantastically successful Netflix comedy "Call my Agent". Originally in French, the English language version, re-named "Ten Percent", has one scene which was filmed in the MWT last year.
The whole series is now streaming on Amazon Prime and the relevant scene is in Episode 2, minutes 33-37. Do watch if you can. Some of the stage set was built by members of the RSS set-building team.
A Spring of Shows!
It may have been dark and cold outside, but RSS brought light and fun to the Mary Wallace Theatre in January with the hilarious Ben Hur. Read the review here. Not content with performing on stage, the company also put together a documentary - "The Making of Ben Hur", click here - with behind-the-scenes interviews with Daniel Veil and his cast explaining how they brought this epic novel to life!
The Young Actors Company was next performing Holloway Jones. This award-winning one-act play was written for young people; see here for a review of the production.
Finally the long-awaited project Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 was performed in repertory by a cast of 22, over a fortnight in April. Click here to read the fabulous review of the first performance.
An Autumn of Shows!
Our first show of the autumn was The Children by Lucy Kirkwood. In 2019, the Guardian rated the play at No 3 in a list of the 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century. Click here to read the review of our production.
This was followed by The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. Postponed from March 2020, this production made great use of technology; read the review here.
We finished off the year with Hay Fever by Noel Coward. Described as "so full of laughter", large audiences thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas treat. Click here to see trailer for the show and here to read the full review.
More Shakespeare in the Park
We were delighted to be invited by English Heritage to return to Marble Hill House for their Sunday afternoon performances held outdoors in Marble Hill Park.
Sunday 29th August:
The RSS performed Bottom’s Dream, an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays.
Sunday 19th September:
"Richmond Live" - featured excerpts from Twelfth Night performed by members of RSS..
A Summer of Shows!
Hurrah - we did it! We are overjoyed that we were able successfully to put on the three shows we planned for the summer: two in the theatre and a triumphant return to The Fountain Gardens for our outdoor show which, according to the review, "exudes fun from every pore"!
Read the full review for The Comedy of Errors here.