Virginia Repertory Theater announces its 70th anniversary season with a solid slate of dramatic and comedic plays and musicals for the Signature Season at November Theater and the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern. The Family Theater season will be announced this fall along with the new location for the combined children’s, family and school programming.
The 2022-2023 season features reimagined classics, a world premiere, seasonal cabaret and titles that help Richmond celebrate community through the arts.
Virginia Rep, a nonprofit professional theater company, was founded in Hanover County in 1953 and has grown to become one of Central Virginia’s largest professional performing arts organizations. This year the theater will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a variety of events. To honor this milestone, the Hanover Season will return to its original name – the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern.
Chicken & Cookies
September 29 – October 30, 2022 By Douglas Lyons
The funniest sitcom you’ll ever see on stage, Chicken and Biscuits is fresh off its Broadway run. Virginia Rep is the first theater in the region to produce this runaway success. Rival sisters prepare to bury their father and a family secret is revealed at the church altar. This laugh-packed play will feed your soul as family drama spills onto the Sunday dinner table.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Two years after the end of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Bennet sisters and their spouses celebrate family holidays at the Darcy estate. Mary Bennet, the bookish middle sister, is not in a celebratory mood. She is tired of missing romantic getaways. Will an unexpected guest give Mary the ultimate gift of love? Don’t miss this charming suite.
March 2 – 26, 2023 By Bo Wilson World Premiere
When a particle collides deep below the surface of the malfunctioning Earth, a mysterious woman appears. She can’t say where she came from or how she got here; she only knows that she is a poet. But when she gives voice to her weird and beautiful poems, reality itself begins to ripple and shift, becoming strangely unreliable. For physicists, it is an intriguing mystery; for the authorities, she is a threat. Could both be right? Find out if science can solve the poet’s riddle in this exciting new play.
The follies of Will Rogers
June 22 – August 6, 2023
Crisp tunes, elaborate production numbers, rope tricks and comedic sketches abound in this classic Broadway musical about great American cowboy entertainer Will Rogers. Set against the backdrop of the Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers is an extraordinary host as he guides you through his life, from the family ranch to his meteoric rise to fame.
Barksdale Theater Season
Oct. 14 – Nov. 13, 2022 Book: Robert Harling
Join us at Truvy’s Beauty Salon and meet the six hilarious and heartwarming women of Steel Magnolias, whose antics in the salon will have you laughing through tears. The ladies chat and argue, but ultimately the strength of their bond is revealed as they support each other through good times and bad.
A Christmas on Broadway
December 2, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Just in time for the holidays, our ensemble of musical theater stars have put on lively entertainment that celebrates the timeless Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa songs that were originally composed and performed in Broadway, Hollywood and Hollywood musicals. Virginia Rep. Each song tells a story. Together, they’ll warm your heart and get your toes tapping, while mesmerizing you with the behind-the-scenes holiday stories of some of the most memorable composers and theater practitioners of all time. You won’t want to miss this lively celebration.
Oil City Symphony
March 24 – April 30, 2023
From the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes comes the bubbly, award-winning revue, Oil City Symphony, the story of four graduates who return to their alma mater to honor their beloved music teacher. Performing an eclectic program – ranging from “1812 Overture” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” to rock standards, sentimental favorites and offbeat original songs – the four fill their tribute concert with good old-fashioned entertainment.
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