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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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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

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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

Meet the cast of Frantic Assembly's Othello

Everything you need to know about Frantic Assembly's Othello Book tickets here

Beauty & the Beast at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet David Bintley talks about Beauty & the Beast's tour this autumn.

Shadows of War rehearsal footage

A unique look at the start of rehearsals for Shadows of War - Birmingham Royal Ballet's beautiful triple bill with us this October.

Grupo Corpo audience reactions

Grupo Corpo join us on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October to perform their 'mesmerizing' and 'flawless' new production. Here are some audience reactions from their recent visit to Sadler's Wells.

Funky Llama - a Theatre Royal Plymouth event Innovative events and creative support for adults with different abilities. Everyone can learn new skills and make great friends by being a part of Funky Llama. Differently abled adults run Funky Llama events, because the Theatre Royal Plymouth wants everyone to be able to make and enjoy the world of music, dance and theatre.

The Angry Brigade - Cast Insights Insights with some of the cast of James Graham's razor-sharp new thriller, co-produced by Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The Angry Brigade: 19 Sep - 04 Oct A bold new play by James Graham, writer of sell-out smash hits This House and Privacy. “Its government has declared a vicious class war. A one-sided war… We have started to fight back… …with bombs.” Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade. Their targets: MPs. Embassies. Police. Pageant Queens. A world of order shattered by anarchy; the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt. As a special police squad hunt the home-grown terrorists whose identities shocked the nation, James Graham’s heart-stopping thriller lures us into a frenzied world that looks much like our own. The Angry Brigade follows the success of our previous co-productions with Paines Plough including Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love (Best New Play, Theatre Awards 2011), Long Time Dead by Rona Monro and Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley. #TheAngryBrigade

Frantic Assembly's Othello

This is a mating ground. There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And it’s about to kick off… Frantic Assembly return with this electrifying take on Shakespeare’s thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, this unforgettable co-production returns to Plymouth following the success of Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout and The Believers.

Jeroen explains the technical aspects of SmallWar

Jeroen Wuyts, video, set and sound designer for SmallWar, explains the technical aspects of the production and his role during the live performance. SmallWar is a co-production between SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Theatre Royal Plymouth. SmallWar is currently being performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until Saturday 13th September. Visit for more information and to book your tickets.

Valentijn Dhaenens on how multimedia adds to SmallWar

Writer and performer, Valentijn Dhaenens, recognises the emotive nature of his lastest production, SmallWar, and how the multimedia aspects add to the piece. SmallWar is a co-production between SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Theatre Royal Plymouth. SmallWar is currently being performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until Saturday 13th September. Visit for more information and to book your tickets.

Valentijn Dhaenens on how he arrived at SmallWar?

Writer and performer, Valentijn Dhaenens, talks us through how he arrived at his latest piece, SmallWar. SmallWar is a co-production between SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Theatre Royal Plymouth. SmallWar is currently being performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until Saturday 13th September. Visit for more information and to book your tickets.


April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. Headlong continues to interrogate our most important cultural texts, following productions of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, King Lear, Medea, Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull and Spring Awakening. This co-production has previously enjoyed a national tour in 2013, and seven weeks at the Almeida Theatre in London, followed by a West End run earlier this year. Box Office 01752 267222


SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd & Theatre Royal Plymouth present SmallWar Last summer, Valentijn Dhaenens brought us his award winning performance, BigMouth, hot from a European tour and en route to critically-acclaimed seasons in London, New York and Australia. Now he returns with SmallWar, set in 1914 in a field dressing station behind the front lines. Dhaenens as a nurse, maintaining a watchful vigil with her patients, discovers, confronts and observes. In turn, Dhaenens is confronted by simultaneous digital versions of himself, as a series of combatants arise from the shadows. Set against an impressive video matrix by the installation artist, Jeroen Wuyts, SmallWar tells its stories in the words of those who were there, those who led the way, and those who followed. Box Office 01752 267222

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