Virginia Repertory Theatre Updates

By | November 14, 2021

New Co-Artistic Director
Hanover Tavern
Holiday Fun

Desirée Roots

We’re thrilled to name Desirée Roots as Co-Artistic Director – Community. Roots is one of Virginia’s best known and most accomplished performing artists. She is the first of three Co-Artistic Directors to be announced in a new leadership model that will steer all artistic aspects of Central Virginia’s flagship professional theatre according to Phil Whiteway, Managing Director and co-founder of Virginia Rep.

“I am deeply honored to be appointed to this leadership position with Virginia Rep, which, along with the Richmond Jazz Society, has been my artistic home for thirty years.” –  Desirée Roots

“Desirée began her association here when, at age 16, she served as our high school intern. Her first professional engagement with us was her appearance two years later in Ain’t Misbehavin’, which ran for six months in our newly-acquired historic November (nee Empire) Theatre,”  added Virginia Rep’s Founding Producer and co-founder Bruce Miller. Since then, she has starred in numerous Theatre IV, Barksdale Theatre and Virginia Rep productions, most recently The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Caroline or Change and Ella and Her Fella Frank.

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“I know my work is cut out for me, and it will not be easy. The events of the past two years, and Virginia Rep’s powerful history since the founding of Barksdale Theatre in 1953, inspire, energize and challenge me. I greatly look forward to continuing the work that I love with people I love.”

Read the Press Release(pdf)

Hanover Tavern Show Dates and Details

Barefoot in the Park

We announced last week that we will be producing Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at Hanover Tavern. The show runs December 10 – January 9 (with a possible extension) and with preview performances on December 8 and 9.

Tickets are now on sale! Call 804-282-2620 from 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday to reach the Box Office staff or buy tickets online. The performance schedule is available at this link as well.

We appreciate your patience as we have not been able to produce shows at the Tavern since March of 2020, and we could not be more excited to be back at our special venue.

If you’d like to get a group to attend, call Mark Persinger at 804-783-1688 Ext 1118.GET TICKETS

Covid Safety

To provide the highest level of safety, all patrons visiting the theatre are required to show proof of vaccination, or proof that they have received a negative COVID test by a professional technician within 48 hours of the performance date/time. Masks must be worn inside our theatres at all times.

Patrons may show the vaccination card or a photo of the card on their phones when they arrive at the theatre.

Please see our Covid Safety FAQ for details.

Upcoming Holiday Dates

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Virginia Rep has a lot of exciting Holiday activities for your calendar!

December 3 at 8 p.m.
Opening Night of It’s a Wonderful LIfe: A Live Radio Play downtown at the November Theatre

Join us for this treasured holiday favorite that brings the town of Bedford Falls to life in the form of a live 1940s radio broadcast.

December 4 from 10 a.m. – noon
The Christmas Parade returns LIVE on Broad St.

Snow Bear and his Elf will be riding in a convertible.

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