Lichfield Garrick Theatre
The Lichfield Garrick
|Owner||Lichfield District Council leased to Lichfield Garrick Theatre Ltd|
|Production||Garrick Rep Company|
|Opened||1 July 2003|
|Architect||Short and Associates|
The main auditorium seats 562 people and the Studio seats 157 people. The theatre is named after the 18th century actor David Garrick, who was brought up in Lichfield.
The Garrick's program includes a variety of touring shows as well as its own productions. It is also used for plays and musicals by local amateur companies. Like most British theatres the Garrick also plays host to an annual Christmas pantomime.
The Lichfield Garrick is operated as a charitable theatre trust and is independent of Lichfield District Council, although the Council invests in the theatre as its principal partner.
The new £5.5 million theatre opened in July 2003 replacing the old Arts centre and Civic Hall. The project received over £1.4 million from the European Structural Funds Program. The architect was Alan Short, founder of Short & Associates. As well as adding a fly tower and orchestra pit to the main auditorium, the theatre was remodelled, so that new front of house areas could be built, better backstage access provided and a studio theatre included. It is architecturally notable for its unique natural ventilation system, which is an award-winning eco-friendly design. In 2004 it won the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice and CIBSE Project of the Year, among others. However, the building received a mixed response from the public, with some people arguing the theatre's design was not in keeping with the character of Lichfield.
The first production, The Recruiting Officer, was directed by and starred Corin Redgrave. George Farquhar is said to have written some of the play while staying at the George Hotel in Lichfield. It was also the first play that David Garrick performed in.
Garrick Rep Company
The Garrick Rep Company  was formed in 2005 with the aim of providing theatre goers with powerful and exciting performances, produced in-house at the Garrick Theatre. Early productions were presented under the name of RDC Productions.
|2006||Bouncers||Tom Roberts, Mark Jardine, Simon Naylor, Andrew Dickinson||Alice Bartlett & Simon West|
|April in Paris||Tom Roberts, Sarah Kirkland||Alice Bartlett|
|Frankenstein||Tom Roberts, Sarah Kirkland, Rob Glyn-Jones||Alice Bartlett|
|2007||Waiting for Godot||Mark Jardine, Russell Richardson, Phil Yarrow, Steve Edwin||Alice Bartlett|
|Satin 'n' Steel||Tom Roberts, Rebecca Reaney||Alice Bartlett|
|Look Back in Anger||Ben Warwick, Emily Bowker, Giles Faulkner, Lydia Bewley, Robert Austin||Adam Barnard|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Ben Warwick, Emily Bowker, Giles Faulkner, Lydia Bewley||Adam Barnard|
|2008||Cold Comfort Farm||Hannah Jayne Stretton, Edward Elks, Georgina Stamp, Alexander D’Andrea||Kim Gillespie||In association with The Lichfield Players|
|Two||Mark Jardine, Janet Bamford||Alasdair Harvey|
|Shirley Valentine||Beverley Hills||Alasdair Harvey|
|Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Matthew Kelly, Tracey Childs, Mark Farrelly, Louise Kempton||Andrew Hall||Transferred to Trafalgar Studios, The West End|
|2009||Fur Coat and No Knickers||Sam Millard, Mark Grady, Richard Loosemore||Kim Gillespie||In association with The Lichfield Players|
|Ladies' Day||Joanna Bacon, Lorraine Cheshire, Abigail Longstaffe, Sean McKenzie, Liz Simmons||Alasdair Harvey|
|The Entertainer||John Ashton, Gerry Hinks, Lin Blakley, Emily Pennant-Rea, Robert Pass||Andrew Hall|
|2010||Brassed Off||Matthew Stathers, Rachel Matthews, Charlie Buckland, Janet Bamford||Chris Rolls||In association with The Lichfield Players|
|The Blue Room||Ty Glaser, Robert Curtis||Alasdair Harvey|
|Haunting Julia||Christopher Timothy, Richard O'Callaghan, Dominic Hecht||Andrew Hall||This production was repeated in 2011 and transferred to Riverside Studios, London|
|2011||On the Razzle||Darren Beaumont, Joe Morrow, Tom McCarron, Lindsey Carr||Alice Bartlett||In association with The Lichfield Players|
|2013||Educating Rita||Tom Roberts, Tupele Dorgu||Gareth Tudor Price|
In June 2009, a public campaign was started against what was called "the misappropriation of council funding at the Garrick". The organizers claimed that "the facility is focused on the arts when its predecessor, the Civic Hall, catered for a wider variety of community events". However, in response to this many Lichfeldians came out in support of the venue.
- Wilcox, Mike (11 February 2013). "Lichfield Garrick becomes a theatre trust". Lichfield District Council (UK).
- "Garrick Theatre Limited". Lichfield Garrick Theatre Limited. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "Arthur Price to sponsor Lichfield Garrick Theatre for a second season". Lichfield Mercury. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "Standing ovations as Lichfield Garrick marks first ten years". Sutton Coldfield Observer. 12 July 2013.
- ESFP reference
- Awards Reference
- http://www.thisislichfield.co.uk/news/Campaigners-target-elitist-Garrick-Theatre/article-1089150-detail/article.html[dead link]