Shakespeare Pre-Show Menus – Tarrant’s and Max’s

Experience some of Richmond’s best restaurants by dining at Max’s or Tarrant’s in Downtown Richmond. Now through October 8th at both restaurants, you can enjoy a delicious meal inspired by Virginia Rep’s production of Shakespeare in Love. Check out the special menus below!



  • Much a Woo Woo About Nothing – 8

Peach schnapps, vodka, cranberry, fresh lime juice

  • Richard’s Gimlet – 11

Gin, Belle Isle honey habanero, fresh lime juice, habanero pepper


  • Fit for Henry IV – 21

Ashley Farm roast airline chicken breast, lentils, spinach, lardons, red peppers, cognac, mushroom, cream

  • Falstaff’s Pot of Ale Beef Stew – 19

Potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, mushroom, ale, puff pastry

Indulgence If You Dare

  • Tempest Trifle – 8

Genoise, strawberry, blackberry, cream





  • The Love Affair – 9

Vodka, strawberry, basil, lime juice


  • Beef Shake-Spears – 13.95

Grilled beef, green peppers and onion skewers with demi-glace


  • Elizabethan Chicken – 20.95

Chicken Breast in an apple cider cream sauce with mashed potatoes and veggies


  • Cranberry scones – 6.95

Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces Kikau L. Alvaro as New Associate Artistic Director


Virginia Repertory Theatre announces Kikau L. Alvaro as the new Associate Artistic Director. Alvaro teaches Musical Theatre and Movement for the Actor at Virginia Commonwealth University and will continue his teaching position in addition to his new role at Virginia Rep. The Associate Artistic Director position was recently vacated by Chase Kniffen who served in that role for seven years. Kniffen has been recognized by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle six times as Best Director of a Musical and directed many of Virginia Rep’s biggest hits including The Color Purple and Dreamgirls.

Artistic Director, Nathaniel Shaw commented on the transition, “While it is sad to see Chase Kniffen go, I am eager to see what happens for him creatively in his future endeavors. I’m also excited for the opportunity this transition provides Virginia Rep in the restructuring of artistic leadership and production coordination. Bringing on Kikau Alvaro not only provides Virginia Rep an opportunity to rejuvenate our processes, but will enliven, and deepen, the existing relationship we have with the excellent theater department at VCU.” Sharon Ott, Chair of Department of Theatre at VCU, added, “One of the many things that has excited me as I begin my life here in Richmond is the developing collaboration between Virginia Repertory Theatre and the VCU Department of Theatre. Kikau Alvaro’s appointment as the Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Rep further cements this important relationship. It is a win/win/win for all of us.”

Originally from San Jose, California, Alvaro received his MFA from San Diego State University. For VCU, he directed and choreographed Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2017 and will direct Into the Woods in 2018. Additionally in 2017, he launched “Broadway Bootcamp: VCU”, a program which brings guest teachers directly to VCU performance majors to offer performance workshops and musical theatre master classes. He recently served as Associate Director of Virginia Rep’s summer hit, In the Heights, and Associate Director/Choreographer for Fun Home, co-produced by Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company. Acting credits include originating therole of Captain of the Guard in Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse, a new musical written by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), directed by Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) and choreographed by Josh Bergasse (On The Town, Gigi). Other performing and directing/choreography credits include work at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, The Old Globe in San Diego, San Diego Musical Theatre, Diablo Theatre Center in Walnut Creek, and San Jose University. Alvaro is a member of Actors Equity Association and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He serves as the Northeast Regional Director for Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA).

Adult Acting Course: Living on Stage begins October 17

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep is pleased to offer continued adult training programs and workshops, taught by some of the city’s most well-respected artists and teachers.

Living on Stage:
An organic approach to the art and craft of acting

Rusty WilsonTaught by Rusty Wilson
October 17 – December 5, 2017
Tuesdays 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

This class introduces students of all levels to an organic, step-by-step approach to the art and craft of acting. Through a structured sequence of stage tasks, stories, improvisations, and monologues, students will explore and pursue the art of presence on stage. This class is an introduction to a particular process of work. For those interested, the process will continue with Read more

Auditions for River Ditty


Lyrical comedic drama. Set in 1890 in New Orleans and rural Arkansas. World Premiere in collaboration with Tony and Olivier Award Winning producer Glass Half Full Productions (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) More about the show…

Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 West Broad St.

Auditions are by appointment only.

Please e-mail to request an appointment.

Include RIVER DITTY – AUDITION REQUEST in the subject line.

Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Those auditioning are asked to read from the Read more