Theatre Royal Plymouth
Matilda The Musical
Tuesday 15 January - Saturday 16 February 2019
The multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2019. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 August 2018
Following its smash hit runs in London, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita makes a welcome return to Theatre Royal Plymouth this summer. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 October 2018
Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest smash hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, an institution so corrupt that even the security guards are on the take. Can it be safely stored or will it all go horribly wrong?
Needles and Opium
Wednesday 7 - Thursday 8 November 2018
Through highly visual staging, which is as much magic as it is theatre, Robert Lepage revisits, 20 years after its first production, Needles and Opium. A new scenography, original images, and an acrobat onstage compliment Cocteau’s words. The result is a production with mesmerizing effects, a journey into the night that puts us under a spell and leads us into the light. Catch the only UK performances on the current world tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Rambert – Life is a Dream
Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 November 2018
Award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup returns with Life is a Dream; a lavish spectacle and a vivid piece of contemporary dance story-telling. Legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers create an ever-changing, dream-like world, illuminated by Rambert’s world-class dancers with a live orchestra playing the rich, harmonious music of Witold Lutosławski.
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May
Palmyra is an award-winning exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be the barbaric, inviting people to step back from the news and look at what lies beneath and beyond civilisation.
Plymouth Fringe Festival
Monday 28 May – Saturday 2 June
Plymouth Fringe Festival returns this May half-term for another week-long celebration of theatre and live performance. The fourth year of this eclectic and energetic festival will feature some of the most exciting theatre companies from across the UK as well as the very best in homegrown talent from the South West. From comedy to drama, intimate storytelling to mind-blowing dance, Plymouth Fringe Festival will be bringing fresh and inspirational new talent right to the doorstep of Devon and Cornwall audiences.
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 June
Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racists jokes in the pub. She’s got to get out. Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and a London run, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 June
Following the award-winning sell-out hit Letters to Windsor House Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show. It’s about country legend Dolly Parton, cloning, branding, immortality and death. Dollywould enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and comes to Plymouth on its nationwide tour off the back of a four-week off-West End London run.
All Your Gold
Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 June
Theatre Royal Plymouth People’s Company brings a funny and thought-provoking new play by Miriam Battye to the Drum stage. Ros is on a quest to remember her value. She organises a living wake for herself and invites the town. Through this unique event, the community and those closest to her come together to celebrate one life, in all that it’s worth.
Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 July
Playhouse gives primary school teachers the chance to direct a specially commissioned play by one of the country’s leading playwrights, with professional support from Theatre Royal Plymouth. The plays are written to challenge and inspire young casts, raising the confidence and creativity of teachers and young people alike.
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 August
Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company presents an experimental and explosive new production created by, with and for young people. A show for anyone who’s ever wondered why we say what we say, what that really means and after all of that, what comes next?
Thursday 20 – Saturday 6 October 2018
The world premiere of a brand new Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, The Unreturning marks the beginning of a major UK tour. This compelling new play explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks - what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or will it treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?
Run Like Stags
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 July
This year’s Lab Company, Run Like Stags present a new show. The Lab Company is Theatre Royal Plymouth’s premier training and development programme for early career artists living and working in the region. This exciting new show marks the culmination of a year-long residency at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 July
It’s 22:44, Tuesday 23rd January. I’m working on a show to present in July. I don’t know what it is yet. There’s a possibility that I, and maybe you, will be on stage. There is also a very strong possibility of dancing. This is a work in progress about community and the future. And also my ambition to change the world.
does The Hinterland
Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 July
We do shows. We make work. We like exploring why we do this kind of thing. We play, we dream, we laugh, we question. We are women who like creating things. Come and take a peep at our Riot . . .
Women Like You
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 July
During one unusual evening, Bridget and Charlie accidentally stumble into an unfiltered interrogation of what it means to be a 21st Century woman. Women Like You challenges this assumption through comedy and invites the audience on an honest, amusing journey through the judgements and misjudgements of two women.
Already on Sale
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 28 April
Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.
Champions of Magic
Sunday 29 April
This cast of Britain’s top magicians includes award winning tricksters presenting daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading.
Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 May
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama This House, which played to sold-out houses at the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End visits Plymouth on its first ever national tour.
Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May
Direct from the West End and showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! Celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment band up-to-date in a jaw-dropping show created especially for the theatre.
Tuesday 15 – Saturday 26 May
Featuring the music of Take That, The Band is a beautiful story for anyone who grew up with a boyband and how the songs became the soundtrack to their lives. The Band is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time.
Love From A Stranger
Tuesday 29 May – Saturday 02 June
A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems… Agatha Christie’s rarely seen thriller is rediscovered in this brand new production.
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 June
Everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is back with Joe Pasquale starring as the loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving mother-in-law, Mrs Fisher.
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 June
Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 10th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of Michael Jackson, the world’s greatest entertainer.
Titanic The Musical
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 June
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers.
Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 June
Ray Quinn stars in Summer Holiday, the new feel-good musical based on the hit iconic 1960s film starring Cliff Richard. This hit-filled musical features many of the biggest songs from the 1960s, including “In the Country”, “Summer Holiday” and “Bachelor Boy”.
Wednesday 4 July – Saturday 4 August
A recent smash hit in the West End and Broadway, Miss Saigon finally returns to Plymouth fourteen years after we launched the show with Cameron Mackintosh. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history.
An Officer And A Gentleman
Monday 20 – Saturday 25 August
This brand-new musical based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere features a feel-good soundtrack including the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong. This inspiring and romantic musical celebrates triumph over adversity and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.
Wednesday 29 August – Saturday 15 September
Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. War Horse makes a welcome return to TRP this Summer following TRP’s sell out 2014 season which started the show’s first ever UK tour.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
Saturday 22 – Saturday 29 September
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st Century. Retaining all the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, This exciting re-imagining of the classic production begins its UK tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
The Believers Are But Brothers
Tuesday 01– Saturday 05 May
This urgent, multi-layered performance blends storytelling with the lure of digital technology, enveloping audiences in a world of encrypted instant messaging, webcam footage, online gaming and forums, to explore what drives men towards online and real world extremism.
The Damned United
Tuesday 08 – Saturday 12 May
Combining fiction, fact and hearsay, The Damned United is an account of Brian Clough‘s disastrous 44-day period as manager of Leeds United. In a stripped-back staging, a company of three take audiences up-close to the sweat, fury and power-struggles from pitch-side and inside the flawed but brilliant mind of ‘Old Big ‘ed’.
Saturday 14 July
IdeasLab is TRP’s platform for the sharing and development of earlier-stage new work. The evening offers an opportunity for artists and companies to try out some brand-new ideas in front of an audience and receive feedback. It always proves to be an eclectic
mix of fresh, brave and bold ideas by some of the most exciting artists making work in the South West.
Tickets are on sale to the general public from Friday 23 March 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