JMW Turner's life on stage across Richmond

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Big shoes: Leigh Stevenson, absorbing his role as JMW Turner Big shoes: Leigh Stevenson, absorbing his role as JMW Turner

A unique portrait of JMW Turner’s life will be performed at three theatres across the borough.

Performances of Elemental are scheduled for Strawberry Hill House, the Riverside Room at Richmond Old Town Hall and Twickenham library.

Written by Dianne Cutlack, it is set in 1822 when, with the opening of his fine new gallery in London, Turner seemed to have conquered the art world.

However, his work continued to divide opinion.

Ms Cutlack says: “With Sandycombe Lodge now on English Heritage’s heritage at risk register, I hope to raise awareness of Turner’s House Trust’s exciting project for its much-needed and urgent restoration.”

Playing Turner, Leigh Stevenson the renowned artist back to life in scenes set at his London gallery and Sandycombe Lodge in St Margarets.

Elemental; March 28 to April 6; tickets £18 for evening performances and £15 for afternoon matinees; tickets can be booked at thepersistentplaywright.co.uk for Richmond Town Hall and Twickenham library and at strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/events for Strawberry Hill House.

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