Bourne

The Richmond Theatre Trust

In 1985 the Richmond Theatre, once the cultural jewel of the Borough of Richmond came up for sale. Severely dilapidated, bingo operators were showing an interest in acquiring the theatre before Bourne Capital’s founder, Robert Bourne, stepped in to safeguard it from closure.

Over the next two years a new artistic policy was designed for the theatre. In 1987 charitable status was obtained and a board including five local councillors and six representatives from the commercial sector was assembled.

By 1989 this famous Matcham theatre had undergone a £5 million restoration, finishing on time and within budget. It now plays to a minimum 67% audience, serving the community with a programme of classical and modern theatre, opera, dance, and comedy aimed at younger audiences.

Having ensured the future of the theatre, the Trust subsequently sold the leasehold interest of the theatre to ATG.