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Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the south west. There are two distinctive performance spaces, the Theatre Royal and the Drum Theatre, as well as TR2, their award-winning theatre production and education centre

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,178,579
  • 2013-2014: £1,205,686
  • 2014-2015: £1,237,034

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The Half Girl - Trailer

The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth Wed 08 - Sat 11 Apr

After Electra by April de Angelis

A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production http://www, Thursday 12th - Saturday 28th March 2015 'I blame the books they learned to read with; Daddy at the office, Mummy looking out of the window while she’s washing up. I should have burnt them.' It’s Virgie’s birthday and, as she turns 81, she is bucking convention with a very surprising trick up her sleeve. But always a more committed artist than mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her distinctly unusual birthday plans. Will her loved ones consent to her last wish, or could the secrets of their past stand in the way? April De Angelis’ After Electra is a deeply moving and blisteringly witty black comedy that that re-imagines the meaning of family and explores how the choices we make can change our lives forever. After Electra, a Theatre Royal Plymouth production, follows April De Angelis’ Jumpy (4 stars from Guardian/Telegraph/The Arts Desk) which transferred to the West End following it’s sell out success at the Royal Court and is now receiving international acclaim.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Tue 17th - Sat 21st March at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

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After Electra - in conversation with April de Angelis and Samuel West

Writer April de Angelis and director Samuel West talk us through our latest production, After Electra. Performed from Thursday 12th to Saturday 28th March in The Drum. 0:09 What was the genesis of the project? 1:50 Sam - what attracted you to the play? 2:36 What's the significance of the title? 3:16 What do you hope the audience will take away from the play? 4:02 What are some adjectives that describe the play? Find out more and book tickets at

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas: Mon 11 - Sat 16 May 2015

Book now at Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart-wrenching tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys. Set during World War II, the story is seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and devastating consequences. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel takes him from innocence to revelation, revealing the poetic irony that through a child’s eye everyone can appear the same. Brought to you by The Children’s Touring Partnership who have previously produced Swallows and Amazons and Goodnight Mister Tom, this world premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on stage, promises to be a deeply moving and thought provoking production. Age guideline of 11+ Running time: 2 hours approx

Plymouth patrons react to The Curious Incident...

We caught up with a few of our lovely patrons (including Ann Widdecombe, Adam Hart-Davis and Matt Harvey) to find out what they thought of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time​. What did you think? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is showing at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until Saturday 14th March. To book tickets please visit

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppélia

Birmingham Royal Ballet return to Plymouth this March with the irresistible Coppélia from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th March. Peter Wright’s enchanting production of this joyous and witty ballet is an ever-popular celebration of love, with a sparkling score and breathtaking choreography. Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family. Tickets and further info: Also performing: Moving Stateside (24th & 25th March)


Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi award winners The Paper Birds explore, with real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt, what it means to be broke in this visually stunning new production. A heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a Nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast.

Curious Incident - UK Tour Vox Pops

Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly acclaimed National Theatre production visits Plymouth on its first ever nationwide tour. Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world… This thrilling new stage play is based on the award winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliot. Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 14th March

Armed Forces Project '15

We are creating a new play based on the experiences of the Armed Forces community in Plymouth. We are looking for people to get involved with the production, with opportunities to: - share your story and perform as part of the show - help out backstage - support in a technical role - get involved in the show’s marketing and sales The project is open to all wounded, injured and sick service personnel, five year post veterans, Reservists and service family members, regardless of previous experience.

Luke Lundin wants YOU to perform!

We are looking for performers for the Funky Llama Festival on 13th June 2015. The festival will take place on The Hoe, Plymouth. For more information you can contact Sara Baldwin on 01752 230378 or email Application deadline: Monday 16th February 2015.

Barnum comes to Plymouth in May 2015!

Tuesday 26th May to Saturday 6th June This exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made his dreams come true. We follow the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with colour, warmth and the excitement of his imagination and finally teamed up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. Starring Brian Conley and Linzi Hateley, Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits; Come Follow the Band, The Colours of My Life and There is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute. Running time: 2hrs 15mins (approx, including one interval) Access performances Audio Described – Thursday 4 June 2.30pm Caption – Thursday 4 June 7.30pm

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Join us on an epic voyage of discovery this Christmas, as Jack and the Beanstalk sails into Plymouth this December for five weeks of panto fun! Starring Bobby Davro, Chico, John Challis and Jeffrey Holland, Jack and the Beanstalk is packed full of giant laughs, spectacular special effects and stunning costumes. This magical family show will be everything you would expect from the South West's biggest pantomime!

Another Place: Thursday 6th - Saturday 22nd Nov 2014 When Earth is the loneliest planet, where else is there to go? Paul is a specialist in cognitive behaviour, tasked with designing a 20-year mission to Mars. Daniel is a husband and new father struggling with the reality of marriage and the monotony of everyday life. Natalia is a twin sister, disillusioned by the world’s obsession with space travel and sorry that she didn’t say goodbye. And Amy asks a lot of questions… Following his critically acclaimed The Empire at The Royal Court (a Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production), and The Swan at The National Theatre, DC Moore’s Another Place is a compelling play about our obsession to uncover the secrets of space, and the tragedy of what we leave behind. Full of dark humour, razor-sharp wit and intricately portrayed characters, this is a gripping play about what it means to be human. Produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth, Another Place follows our previous recent success with MADMAN, Solid Air and Forever House. Post Show Q&A: Weds 12 & 19 Nov Age guideline: 16+

Top Hat - Tuesday 28th April to Saturday 9th May 2015 Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin Based On RKO’s Motion Picture Direct from its tremendous success in London, winning three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costumes and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out, this spectacular West End production will be returning to the Theatre Royal Plymouth where it wowed audiences in 2011. Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including, Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz, Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat dazzles with over 200 beautiful costumes, breathtaking dance and a love story that will set the pulse racing! Assisted Performances Audio Described – Thu 07 May 2.30pm

Behind the scenes of La traviata

See behind the scenes of Glyndebourne's La traviata - coming to Plymouth this November

The Regeneration Project Timelapse

A project that spanned many months reduced to eight and a half minutes! In September 2013 we opened the doors of our newly refurbished building following a £7 million Regeneration Project. The project saw a complete refurbishment of the Front of House areas of the Theatre including; new cladding and glazing, an extended foyer, a new function area with a balcony, a new café including exterior seating and a new restaurant with a showcase kitchen. Significantly, a brand new performance space was created in the basement – The Lab – which is providing a much needed central location for our already well recognised community and outreach work. Find out more about how you can support the Theatre's work by visiting

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands - Mon 10 to Sat 15 Nov - Mon 10 to Sat 15 Nov at the Theatre Royal Plymouth Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of thousands across the world since its premiere. Presenting its first major revival, Bourne takes a fresh new look at this modern fairytale, which will be revitalised for a whole new generation of dance lovers and theatregoers. Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, specially recorded for New Adventures in magnificent surround sound, this touching and witty love story tells the bittersweet tale of a boy left alone and unfinished in a strange new world. It is a parable for our times about the ultimate outsider.

Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands - Behind the Scenes at Rehearsals

Behind the scenes rehearsal footage and introductions from the cast of Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands, which returns to the Theatre Royal Plymouth from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th November!

Shadows Of War Trailer

This year's Triple Bill presents three ballets each touched in its own way by war.

Longwave Audience Reactions

Watch audience reactions to Chris Goode's Longwave - coming to The Drum from Tuesday 28th October to Saturday 1st November.

Beauty & the Beast by Birmingham Royal Ballet

A towering gothic fairytale from the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s smash-hits Cinderella, Aladdin and The Prince of the Pagodas. For more information or to book tickets, please visit

Grand Guignol by Carl Grose

1903. Paris, Montmartre and the Theatre du Grand Guignol opens its doors to an unsuspecting public. The plays, rife with madness and murder, are sold out every night to an awestruck public, avid for the horrors that are nightly set before them... A black comedy, a demented, psychological thriller and an unrepentant splatter-fest, Carl Grose’s play is a head-spinning, genre-bending phantasmagoria, guaranteed to keep you guessing – and wincing – to the very last horror show… Theatre Royal Plymouth: Fri 10 - Sat 18 Oct Southwark Playhouse: Thu 23 Oct - Sat 22 Nov

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