Theatre of the Month > Lichfield Garrick
01 August 2016
The Lichfield Garrick Theatre & Studio is a modern producing and receiving theatre situated in the heart of Staffordshire’s picturesque cathedral city of Lichfield. The city itself boasts a fine heritage in being the birthplace and residence of a number of notable figures including the lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson, inventor of the modern dictionary, Erasmus Darwin, a prolific inventor and grandfather of Sir Charles Darwin, and last but not least David Garrick, the pioneering actor and theatre owner after whom our fine theatre is named.
Originally existing as the Lichfield Civic Hall, the building was redesigned from the ground up and re-opened in 2003 as the Lichfield Garrick Theatre & Studio, winning the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice and CIBSE Project of the Year for its innovative eco-friendly design. In 2013 the Garrick became an independent charitable trust, although it remains a crucial principal partner of Lichfield District Council.
The theatre itself incorporates a main auditorium with a capacity of 558 seats and a studio venue that holds up to 148 people in addition to other facilities including our Green Room Restaurant and Bar, gallery space and the newly opened Community Stage which supports local artistes and community groups by providing a free space in which to rehearse, perform and hold meetings.
They have extremely strong links with local performers and amateur companies and have seen the support for local groups such as the Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre, Lichfield Operatic Society and Lichfield Players go from strength to strength in recent years. They also play a vital role in providing support for groups further afield such as the West Bromwich Operatic Society and Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company. All this combined with their programme of workshops for acting, singing and performing gives children and young adults across the region a fantastic platform to develop their wealth of talent and character and has resulted in a number of them progressing to successful careers in the arts industry.
From July 29th to August 6th they will be presenting their first ever Community Musical, The Hired Man, in order to encourage people from all ages and levels of ability to participate in bringing a fantastic show to a captivated Garrick audience. They have also introduced monthly Family Days where they provide some of the finest children’s theatre around, in addition to a whole day of free activities around the venue ranging from creative writing, painting and stand-up comedy workshops!
Under the new Artistic Directorship of Tim Ford, the Garrick is proud to present an eclectic, high-quality programme of events this season that incorporates touring productions such as The Woman in Black and The Little Shop of Horrors, excellent comedy line-ups including Jenny Éclair and Henning Wehn, to smaller independent shows such as I, Elizabeth and. The reputation of the Lichfield Garrick has grown over the years to a point where they are now privileged to present opening nights for national tours such as Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday and The Woman in Black.
From the 1st – 31st December, The Lichfield Garrick will be presenting CBeebies’ star Rebecca Keatley in Sleeping Beauty, their latest in a history of highly successful and nationally recognized pantomimes that not only attract people from all across the country but as far away as America and New Zealand!
For more information or to order tickets please contact the Box Office team on 01543 412121