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The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire will soon be getting a new learning centre that will help to enhance the tourist experience for those staying in Whitby hotels, who will undoubtedly pay a trip to this wonderful, old theatre.

The development cost for the learning centre at the theatre is expected to reach £850,000, and just recently the Heritage Lottery Fund has given the project a grant of £121,600, an amount that will really kick-start the project. On top of this, the theatre’s former Associate Director, Paul Iles, very kindly left £200,000 to the theatre in his will, a building which he poured his heart and soul into.

The Georgian Theatre Royal has kept its 18th century theatre auditorium, the oldest theatre to be kept in its original form in the UK. On top of this, the oldest set of theatrical scenery in Britain is owned by the theatre, a piece which was painted at the end of the Napoleonic wars in the 19th century. One of the most unique parts of the theatre that has been preserved are the kicking boards around the seating area, boards which the audience could use to show disapproval via foot-stamping.

The theatre was restored in both 1963 and 2003, and this latest addition of a learning centre will certainly be a wonderfully interesting and engaging learning experience for those who visit the Georgian Theatre Royal whilst staying in hotels in Scarborough.

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