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Richmond Music and Drama Festival to launch in London

Richmond riverside, London Richmond riverside, London
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A new annual festival of music and drama backed by actor John Hannah is to be launched in Richmond.

Richmond Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre are among local arts organisations taking part in the Richmond Music and Drama Festival, which will see more than 70 events staged in different venues across the borough from September 28 to October 18.

The festival will also feature a number of plays and readings by amateur theatre groups, as well as performances by local schools, and dance and music events.

Hannah, who lives in Richmond and has signed up as festival patron, said: “I am delighted to give my support to this new music and drama festival. It is wonderful to see such talent being given a platform in Richmond and I look forward to the events taking place in the autumn.”

Councillor Meena Bond, who oversees the borough’s arts, culture and sport, explained that the inaugural festival would have an international theme to tie into the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

She added: “Richmond upon Thames has an extremely active arts scene and we are proud to be able to showcase just some of the talent and variety of work that exists in the borough.”

While this year’s festival takes place in autumn, the council is proposing to hold next year’s event in March.