RICHMOND Operatic Society is to take to the stage for the first time in nearly two years after Covid-19 triggered the longest-ever hiatus in the group’s century-long history.

The society is set for a dramatic return to The Georgian Theatre in Richmond with The Addams Family Musical, from November 17 to 20.

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Director Gary Winn said that while lockdown had been difficult for the society, he was very happy when rehearsals were able to take place again in person.

He added: “Although lockdown was a tough time for everyone, it was especially harsh for the society.

“Our members really value the sense of community and togetherness that comes with taking part, and that was sorely missed throughout the pandemic.”

While social distancing restrictions were enforced and following the cancellation of a previously-planned performance, the society used Zoom to act out rehearsals virtually and take part in singing competitions.

Lockdown also provided an opportunity for the society to refurbish its headquarters in Bargate, which saw the main hall sanded down and repainted — as well as the installation of new flooring to match the uniquely small size of the stage at Richmond’s historic Georgian Theatre.

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Now the society is carrying out the final preparations for its first post-lockdown performance with The Addams Family Musical.

Gary said: “I first became aware of the show when my wife and I saw the show on Broadway starring Brooke Shields as Morticia.

"I really enjoyed this unique show with all its macabre humour, creepy scenery and lively dancing.

"It is hard to believe that I am now directing the show 10-years later.”

Tickets can be booked on 01748-825252 or at


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