What’s On in Richmond

There’s lots happening in Richmond over the next month – from rugby to railways, gardens to literature, there’s sure to be something for all the family to enjoy.

Bearcat Comedy Club
The Turk’s Head, Winchester Road, St. Margaret’s TW1 1LF
Saturday 6 May, 8pm

Taking to the stage are the inventive Adam Bloom, comedian-magician Otiz Cannelloni, Tom Stade and The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue who perform musical puns, cheeky japes and slick sandal-based choreography. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Lottery of Love
Orange Tree Theatre, Clarence Road, Richmond
Until May 13, various times

A marriage has been arranged between Sylvia and Richard but Sylvia wants to know more about Richard so disguises herself as a maid. Unknown to her, Richard has had the same idea. Can love be scrutinised and survive? Can passion be pinned down and must it always entail pain? One of France’s greatest playwrights dissects the age old process of losing oneself to love in this production translated from the original by John Fowles (The French Lieutenant’s Woman). Tickets available here.

Family-Friendly Rugby Tournament
Richmond Rugby Club
Sunday 7 May

This event sees Lord’s Taverners sports charity host a friendly rugby tournament at Richmond Rugby Club. There will also be a host of family activities and games, booze, a hog roast and live music. All funds raised will go to the Lord’s Taverners charity which works tirelessly to raise awareness and help disabled children get the support and necessary equipment to enjoy sport.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival
Barnes Pond
Saturday 13 May – Sunday 14 May, from 10am

Two days chock full of fun events and activities with some of your kids’ favourite authors such as Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt. There will also be a few famous faces showing up, including Clare Balding, David Baddiel and Barnes’s best known residents Judith Kerr and Floella Benjamin! Want more information and tickets? Head to www.barneskidslitfest.org.

Footloose
Richmond Theatre
Monday 15 May – Saturday 20 May, 7:30pm, matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm

City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, an American rural backwater. But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. It isn’t long before Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone. Starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan, enjoy the best in UK musical talent, cutting-edge choreography and classic hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose.

Richmond Hill Open Gardens
Richmond Hill
Sunday 21 May, 11am –  5pm

15 gorgeous gardens will open all in close proximity to each other on the slopes of the picturesque Richmond Hill. Some of the gardens will be selling flowers and some will offer a seat with a tremendous view, whilst St Matthias Church will be offering tea and cakes. Funds raised will go towards four incredible local charities. Come along and join the fun! All the details and tickets here.

Photo: Astrid Tontson

An Octoroon
Orange Tree Theatre
Thursday 18 May to Saturday 24 June

Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful ‘octoroon’*. But, the dastardly M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe. The UK premiere of the OBIE Award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Tickets available here

An Evening with Boycott & Aggers
Richmond Theatre
Sunday 14 May, 7:30pm

These cricketing legends are back by popular demand, ready to enthrall and entertain you with their unique anecdotes, unseen footage and rare photographs. This brand new show sees the extraordinarily odd pair reunite and frankly discuss cricket and life in general. It looks set to be a hilarious night! Grab your tickets here.

HSBC London Sevens ‘Feast of Rugby’
Twickenham Stadium
Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May, from 9.30am

The ‘Feast of Rugby’ will yet again transform Twickenham into the ultimate match day, combining world-class international rugby with the gastronomy of the competing nations. There’ll also be vintage funfair rides and live music. Grab your tickets here. 

Tony O’Malley
Crawdaddy Club, The Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road
Friday 26 May, 8:30pm

Soulful vocals and funky piano playing from Tony O’Malley, founder of UK Soul Pioneers Kokomo. Featuring Richie Aikman, Sonny Winslow & Ally McDougal.

Steam Railway Adventure
London Museum of Water and Steam, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN
Saturday 27 May – Sunday 4 June

Victorian Steam Trains changed the world! With a special visit from Locomotive 85, a 2-6-2 tank locomotive from Sierra Leone, visitors can also learn about the importance of railway in Africa and take a ride around the grounds. Visit the museum at weekends to see the historic engines in full steam.

Got an event you want adding to our What’s On Guide? Drop us an email to hello@thisisourtown.co.uk.