Richmond Theatre has announced it will be handing out hundreds of free tickets to local charities and organisations to help celebrate its 120th anniversary.

The 840-seat theatre in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames will give out 120 free tickets every month throughout the course of its 120th year.

The venue, which opened in September 1899, said it would be working with local groups to “enable a wider proportion of the community to experience the powerful medium of live entertainment”. It added that removing any cost barriers means “the wonderful world of drama, comedy, theatre and musicals will be more accessible to those who may have thought that theatre was not for them”.

Maria Shury-Smith, creative learning and community partnerships officer at Richmond Theatre, said, according to the Stage: “We operate in a borough where high numbers of young people need services such as Richmond Emotional Wellbeing and Cruse Bereavement Care for mental health support and a theatre ticket can unlock a welcome escapist reprieve.

“Similarly, for those relying on Richmond Foodbank and the Barnes Workhouse Fund to aid their financial difficulty, an evening at the theatre can be a powerful positive experience amidst money anxieties.

“A theatre ticket to a fantastic visiting production can be the catalyst that ensures theatre-going becomes a regular pastime for an even wider pool of local residents.”

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