For 120 years the Richmond Theatre has been a place where friends and family can sit back, have a laugh and forget their troubles.

Now it is throwing a party to celebrate, although it will look a little different than you might remember.

That's because it underwent a refurbishment during the summer, something theatre director Brendan Riding is excited to show off.

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"This is a theatre of the community and for the community," he said.

"So many people have such amazing memories of it and I know they will continue making memories for generations to come.

"I personally have a long relationship with Richmond Theatre, firstly as a customer, later as an actor and then when working with theatre producer, Bill Kenwright, where I was fortunate enough to bring countless shows to the theatre.

"I can’t wait to share our theatre with the community again with our anniversary celebrations and our autumn season of shows.”

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To kick off celebrations on September 13 is An Evening with Bonnie Langford with Bonnie.

The next day is Nicholas Parsons & Gyles Brandreth: Just a Minute or Two – celebrating their half century friendship.

The celebrations keep going on September 15 with an open day that will give people "unrivalled access" to Frank Matcham’s theatre.

Robert Hill from the Historic Building Advisory Services said the multi-million pound refurbishment will help preserve the future of the building.

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"It is hoped that this refreshed appearance will glow both night and day and that it will stand out with the pomp it would have had when the clientele arrived by carriage rather than by car," he said.

"Internally, customers will feel the difference in atmosphere, as the replacement of the mechanical plant on the roof has enabled a better and more consistent air conditioning temperature to be maintained in all public spaces.

"In addition, all three of the Theatre’s bars have been fully renovated to enhance customers experience, including doubling the number of sales points across the venue to ease the queues before, during and after performances, and all feature a new colour scheme influenced by the auditorium."