Richardson's Theatre or Richardson's Show was a travelling fairground theatre founded in by John Richardson —which performed in London and the surrounding area in the early nineteenth century. Richardson began his career as an actor. He joined Mrs. Penley's travelling theatre company inbut on seeing the small profits to be made with her, Richardson Theater Company left acting and moved to London, becoming a broker. He eventually saved enough money to open his own troupe.

Richardson first opened his theatrical production at Bartholomew Fair in using scenery from Drury Lane. The performances took place in a narrow booth feet by 30 feetcolourful and brightly lit.

The show, as it existed at its grandest, near the end of Richardson's life, is described by Charles Dickens in Sketches by Boz : [5]. The company are now promenading outside A change of performance takes place every day during the fair, but the story of the tragedy is always pretty much the same. Then the rightful heir is discovered in prison The interest Richardson Theater Company intense; the wrongful heir draws his sword, and rushes on the rightful heir; a blue smoke is seen, a gong is heard, and a tall white figure The booth appears on a Shawn Macmillan Landscaping Company coloured sketch by Thomas Rowlandson.

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