Theatre Royal Plymouth Autumn Season 2017
This autumn Theatre Royal Plymouth welcomes the best of musicals, drama, dance and opera to the South West. New musical Son of a Preacher Man featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield and the West End hit Beautiful The Carole King Musical both grace the stage. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures return to Theatre Royal Plymouth with Cinderella, one of their most loved productions. Glyndebourne return to Theatre Royal Plymouth with the first tour of new piece, Hamlet after it premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer receiving multiple four and five star reviews.
Critically acclaimed plays such as National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler, which will open its UK Tour in Plymouth, and Plymouth audiences will see the final performances of Ninagawa’s critically acclaimed Macbeth.
Theatre Royal Plymouth continues to strengthen and grow its reputation for producing and co-producing with Elf, a Theatre Royal Plymouth production, returning to The Lyric stage following a sell-out run in the West End. Following on from the successes of Hugh Hughes and The Duke Hoipolloi and Theatre Royal Plymouth co-produce Me & Robin Hood a pay what you want show about the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Theatre Royal Plymouth also co-produce new show Napoleon Disrobed with Told by and Arcola Theatre, a wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Around The World In 80 Days
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 September
A hugely talented cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant.
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 September
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Featuring classic songs such as Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend and Locomotion.
Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre, the NT will begin a UK tour of its acclaimed production of Hedda Gabler on 2 October 2017, opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Friday 13 & Saturday 14 October
Ninagawa Macbeth was first seen in the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1985.The production has since become to be recognised as an epoch-making piece and Ninagawa himself as a word-class director. The celebrated leading actor Masachika Ichimura plays the title role and he is joined by Yuko Tanaka as Lady Macbeth.
Monday 16 – Saturday 21 October
Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine premiered in 2986 taking the world by storm and was adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Now on its 30th anniversary this is the first major revival of this national treasure.
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin
Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 October 2017
Created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008 and re-created in Birmingham, Aladdin is aimed at a family audience. The ballet is a large and spectacular production, designed for touring, and complete with a host of technical tricks, including a flying carpet. David Bintley looks back to the original tale, taking Persian and Far-Eastern influences, to create a fast-paced and modern balletic version of this well-known story.
Monday 30 October – Saturday 4 November
The award-winning production of Grease will be returning to Theatre Royal Plymouth starring The Wanted’s Tom Parker, Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope and Eastenders’ Lousia Lytton. Grease is the ultimate feel-good, pick-me-up musical - an electrifying extravaganza, packed with fun, energy and vibrant physicality.
Saturday 11 – Saturday 18 November
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Michael Rose in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin present the Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Elf at The Lowry.
Monday 20 – Saturday 25 November
Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives, remains Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Since opening at London’s Pheonix Theatre in August 1930, the play has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences worldwide.
Nativity! The Musical
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 10 December
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment. Nativity! The Musical promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.
Tuesday 28 – Saturday 2 December
A brand new opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of three productions taking to the road for Glyndebourne Tour 2017. The Tour line-up is completed by two revivals - Nicholas Hytner’s popular 2006 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Annabel Arden’s vibrant staging of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, first seen at Glyndebourne Festival 2016.
Friday 15 December 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018
Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland next Christmas in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan. Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget. With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the lost boys and set sail in the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat. Starring Steve McFadden as Captain Hook and Andy Ford as Smee.
Monday 15 – Saturday 20 January 2018
The big, bold and beautiful production of Hairspray will return to Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2018 following a successful tour in 2015/2016. Star casting to be announced.
Son of a Preacher Man
Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January 2018
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including "The Look Of Love", "I Only Want To Be With You", "Spooky" and of course, the classic "Son Of A Preacher Man", this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 3 February 2018
One of New Adventures’ most loved productions Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War. Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 September
After the success of Labels in 2015, Worklight Theatre return with Fix. Drawing on months of interviews and research, and using a unique mix of song, science and soliloquy, Fix follows three very different people navigating three very different addictions.
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 September
An unpredictable and urgent theatrical counter-protest from the makers of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2014.
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 September
Experienced through virtual reality headsets, this coming-of-age, supernatural thriller is a ground breaking, world-first theatre experience from double Fringe First winners, curious detective.
Me & Robin Hood
Tuesday 26 September – Saturday 7 October
Following on from Hoipollio’s award winning shows Hugh Hughes and The Duke, Me & Robin Hood is a brand new show about Shôn Dale-Jones’s longstanding relationship with his favourite fictional character friend. This show aims to make a difference by raising money for Street Child Unite, a charity that uses the power of sport to change lives of street-connected children.
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 October
A funny and fiercely passionate new play about enduring friendship, the power of imagination and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.
Rashdash: Two Man Show
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October
Fringe First winners Rashdash return with their award winning, genre-defying hit about gender, language and humankind.
Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 October
Apple John is a tale about growing up, finding your roots and adding rings to the trunk. Bursting with original live music, playfulness and puppetry, Apple John delights in every moment without the need to utter a single word.
The Secret Keeper
Tuesday 31October – Saturday 4 November
A witty and playful adult fairytale with a murderous gothic heart from award winning creative team featuring music, puppetry and fiendish storytelling.
A Reason To Talk
Thursday 16 – Saturday 25 November
Sachli Gholamalizad, a young Belgian actress of Iranian descent, questions her troubled relationship with her mother. Through the fusing of recordings, diary excerpts, memories, novels and soundscapes from both Belgium and Iran, Sachli dives into her family history and the contradictions in the lives of three women, confronting her mother, her grandmother and herself in a thrilling and unruly multi-media performance. Presented by KunstZ, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Summerhall.
The Enormous Turnip
Tuesday 28 November 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018
Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return with unswerving energy, live music and eccentric puppetry in this re-potted version of the famous children’s story, The Enormous Turnip.
Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears
Tuesday 5 – Sunday 24 December
Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears is an original alternative comedy, created by The Wardrobe Theatre and written and devised by the company. The show is a madcap merging of the classic porridge thieving fairytale with Guy Ritchie’s cult 1998 cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny.
Thursday 25 January – Saturday 10 February
One of the UK’s most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time, and glory. A Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre Production.
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 December
Happiness Ltd is a new play by acclaimed Plymouth playwright Tom Nicholas. It asks precedent questions about depression, ambition and how one measures the success, or otherwise, of life.
A Cautionary Tale
Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 December
Based on a series of Victorian rhymes for children, this dark comedy plays with the once upon a time.
Saturday 16 December
IdeasLAB is Theatre Royal Plymouth’s platform for the sharing and development of early-stage work. The evening is an opportunity for artists and companies to try and some brand new ideas in front of an audience and receive feedback.
Tickets are on sale to the general public from Tuesday 18 July and can be booked online at www.theatreroyal.com from 10am or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office from 10am on 01752 267222 or in person at the Box Office from 10.30am