The striking building the Richmond Theatre inhabits was built in 1899, and thanks to its beautiful architecture (designed by Frank Matcham) it has been used as a film set numerous times, such as in Finding Neverland and Evita. Originally called the Theatre Royal and Opera House, its very first play was Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and it has been successfully entertaining audiences with opera, comedy, musicals and dance for over a hundred years. Shows run every day of the week, with matinee performances on a Saturday. There are 840 seats, and tickets average between £13 and £35. Guided tours of the building can be booked. Additionally the theatre runs mentoring schemes for 17 to 25 year olds and activities in conjunction with schools.