Theatre Royal Plymouth
Plymouth Conservatoire Launch
University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to launch Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers - will have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.
It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer when a theatre and a university combine.
Peter Pan Launch
The stars of Peter Pan brought some early Christmas cheer to Plymouth in September as they officially launched this year’s Theatre Royal Plymouth pantomime.
Soap Star Steve McFadden will lead the panto cast as the villainous Captain Hook alongside comedian Andy Ford as Smee in a spectacular production of Peter Pan, which will run from 15 December 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018.
Family Fun Day
Monday 23 October
Theatre Royal Plymouth throws open its doors again this October half term, offering a chance for families to get creative and explore the exciting world of theatre with this free event. Activities include dance and drama workshops, treasure hunt, wardrobe challenge, live performances and much more. Birmingham Royal Ballet will also dropping in to join in the fun ahead of their performances of Aladdin later in the week.
Funky Llama Club Night
Thursday 19 October
Following the success of Funky Llama Festival this summer, the Theatre Royal Plymouth will be holding a Funky Llama Club Night at Pryzm Night Club. The evening kicks off at 6pm with acoustic sets followed by DJs, live music and dancing until Midnight. Acts include local bands Freshly Squeezed, an 8-piece covering popular funk and hip-hop tracks and jump jive band, Company B. alongside Funky Llama mentored artists such as DJ Dolphin, Luke Lundin and Spike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re Here Because We’re Here
Monday 6 – Saturday 25 November
14 – 18 NOW and National Theatre present an exhibition of images telling the story of the contemporary memorial We’re Here Because We’re Here created by Jeremy Deller, which took in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth on 1st July 2016. It featured more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform, each representing an individual soldier as a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.