The Georgian Theatre Royal is beautiful, it’s amazing. Inside it is really small though, it seems like the auditorium is the same size as the stage, possibly even smaller!
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The Georgian Theatre Royal is beautiful, it’s amazing. Inside it is really small though, it seems like the auditorium is the same size as the stage, possibly even smaller! It is quite a boxy room with about half a dozen rows of seats in the stalls and then two little galleries which slightly protrude onto the stage itself. It feels like the audience are almost on the stage with you, it must have been absolutely riotous doing shows there in the 18th Century.
It is nice regaining that intimacy after the outdoor spaces. It is kind of regaining the feel that I don’t remember having since Margate, where it has this almost kind of domestic or personal feel about it. The audience are really connected and it’s like you really are speaking directly to them.
Like at the Globe we have our set on the theatre’s stage here but rather than having the extra width we’ve got this great depth which means we are making slightly different pictures. It really breaks open the blocking, just little things that freshen up the show and make you think about things a bit.
In Richmond we have a good run of 6 shows which means we also have some free time. There is a little festival on here and The People’s Show Theatre Company are coming up, who are mates of mine from London, and funnily enough they are doing their show on our set, so I can go and see that.
When it comes to hotels I am jinxed! I will always pick the worst accommodation from the list we are given. Everyone else tells me that they are staying in some amazing stately home whilst I’m staying in some garage on the outskirts of town! I always get it wrong but this time I’m in a really nice B&B. I was greeted with tea and cake by a lovely lady who then showed me to my room with Egyptian linen and all the rest. It makes a difference if you’ve got a long stretch to have a nice hotel. One downside is that I think Richmond is a walking holiday town so breakfast only runs between 7am and 8.30am, so not a great breakfast situation for actors. I think I’m going to have to sneak some buns or something into my room!
I used to tour a lot when I was first acting, in fact for my first three years I was on tour nearly all the time. The very first one I did was an outdoor tour that went to beaches around the whole of the country. There really are amazing beaches along the North East coast of England and you don’t usually go on holiday there if like me you live Brighton. For this tour we are going to extraordinary places all the time, it’s amazing. The theatres and the gardens are gorgeous - if you can make yourself heard over the peacocks of course!