Theatre Royal - Spring Season 2019

Theatre Royal - Spring Season 2019

Public on sale – Friday 30 November

This Spring Theatre Royal Plymouth welcomes the best of musicals, drama, dance and opera to the South West. We are particularly delighted that Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of the Boublil and Schönberg musical Les Misérables will be performed on the Lyric stage from Tuesday 11 June to Saturday 6 July.

Theatre Royal Plymouth continues to strengthen and grow its reputation for producing and co-producing. In March, we produce Phil Porter’s God of Chaos. Following the success of Love, Love, Love and The Angry Brigade, Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth continue their long-standing collaboration by co-producing You Stupid Darkness! by Sam Steiner. Theatre Royal Plymouth also co-produce their 11th production with Belgian company Ontroerend Goed bringing Loopstation to The Lyric stage.

The Lyric

Matilda (already on sale)
Tuesday 15 January 2018 – Saturday 16 February 2019

The multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2019. 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.


Horrible Histories (already on sale)
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 February


Prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows – Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians - are guaranteed to thrill you and your children.


Glengarry Glen Ross (already on sale)
Monday 25 February – Saturday 2 March

After its sell out run in the West End wowing critics and audiences alike, this darkly funny production of Glengarry Glen Ross is coming to Plymouth next Spring. Set in an office of cut throat Chicago salesmen. Pitched in a high stakes competition against each other, four increasingly desperate employees will do anything, legal or otherwise, to sell the most real estate.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Beauty and the Beast (already on sale)
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 March


A cruel prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl.


Club Tropicana (already on sale)
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 March


Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics! Set to the most iconic pop anthems of the era, performed live on stage,

including: Making Your Mind Up, Take On Me, Relax and many more!


Rough Crossing
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an Ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night. But they are constantly distracted composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his love confess her feelings for the leading man.

Loopstation (already on sale)
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 March


From the creators of A History of Everything, Fight Night and £¥€$ (LIES), Loopstation is a large-scale performance with live music that explores some of the familiar patterns that shape our lives – our daily routines. Nine performers build a world on a revolving stage, where today is a bit like yesterday but not necessarily like tomorrow.


Welsh National Opera (already on sale)
Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 April


Welsh National Opera performs a thrilling new production alongside two timeless classics in a season guaranteed to leave your heart racing.


The Worst Witch (already on sale)
Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 April

An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest and most important adventure yet.

Pepperland (already on sale)
Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April

Choreographer Mark Morris returns to Plymouth with Pepperland, a unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


We’re Going on A Bear Hunt
Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 April

See the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on tour, direct from the West End, as it returns vividly and noisily in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.


Hair The Musical (already on sale)
Monday 22 – Saturday 27 April

Welcome to the ‘Age of Aquarius’. It’s 1967 and HAIR’s hippie ‘tribe' youngsters in the East Village of New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War.

Shen Yun
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 May

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the breath-taking art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts to make this possible, with a unique blend of colourful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra.

Annie (already on sale)
Monday 6 – Saturday 11 May


Direct from the West End, Annie returns to Plymouth in 2019, with its Tony® award-winning book and score. Craig Revel Horwood stars as Miss Hannigan.


Cirque Berserk!
Tuesday 14 – Sunday 19 May

Direct from the West End, Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back by popular demand – featuring all of your favourite Cirque Berserk! acts plus some thrilling new ones.

The Drum

Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon (already on sale)
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 January

Think you know Snow White? Think again! Join our award winning Resident Company The Wrong Crowd for a joyful and irreverent new adaptation of the classic story. Crafted from a unique formula of the finest puppetry, toe-tapping live music and dazzling humour.

Tuesday 29 – Saturday 2 February

Green Ginger's new show will propel audiences into a microscopic journey deep within the human body. It tells a madcap story about advancing technology, big syringes and a tiny submarine. Taking its cue from classic sci-fi movies, and fuelled by absurd visual comedy and innovative puppetry.

You Stupid Darkness!
Thursday 7 – Saturday 23 February

A Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, You Stupid Darkness! is a play from rising star Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world.

God of Chaos
Thursday 7 – Saturday 23 March

God of Chaos is the next Theatre Royal Plymouth production with the Olivier nominated playwright Phil Porter, writer of the 2016 TRP production, The Man With The Hammer, is an outrageously funny and provocative new play about the world of online censorship.

Creep – Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Young Company Show
Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 April

What gives you the chills? Is it spiders, clowns, or that unexplainable dark shadow in the corner of your room? Creep explores fear, what it feels like, and why we enjoy it so much… Written and Directed by Alexandra Ogando.

Woodland Tales with Grandad
Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April

Briarbush the old dog fox can sense a change in the air. It has a metal scent, something he hasn’t detected before. Even the trees are swaying and creaking differently. It’s as if they have something to tell him. Featuring exquisite and extraordinary puppets this show promises to be a magical experience for the whole family.

The Department of Distractions
Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 April

The Department of Distractions: you see their work - but you never see them. They say their job is to plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting”: a single glove in the street; a torn up love letter in a Metro carriage; a phone box that rings as you walk past. Snags in the fabric of everyday life that make you think, what’s going on there…?

National Theatre Connections
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 May

The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year ten new plays are commissioned for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

The Lab

Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April

A young, aspiring designer tackles the biggest job of his career. Working long hours in his studio, conflicting events begin to take a toll on his work, his family, and himself. Written and performed by James Elston.

She’s A Good Boy
Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April

An honest, moving and hilarious new show exploring non-binary gender using Elsie’s real life experiences.

Down Stage Night: Astor 100
Friday 12 April

100 years ago, Nancy Astor became the first woman to sit in Parliament, representing the Plymouth ward of Sutton. From the sometimes controversial Astor to today’s MPs, Plymouth to America, The First World War to the present, these plays ask questions about democracy, equality and identity.

Saturday 13 April

IdeasLAB is Theatre Royal Plymouth’s platform for the sharing and development of new work, taking place once per season.

Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April

Noise is an immersive, intimate, multi-sensory audio-performance set on a fictional Dartmoor, where the cement and candy floss churn ceaselessly. Noise takes place in darkness and blends meditation with a unique and contemporary tale of our relationship with the natural world.

One Nighters

Dracula: The Bloody Truth (already on sale)
Sunday 3 March

This critically acclaimed, multi five star awarded hilarious comedy will be presented by Professor Abraham Van Helsing and his three idiotic actors as they stage a life-changing, theatrical production surrounding the true events of Dracula.

Nish Kumar (already on sale)
Saturday 30 March

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK! There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF.

An Evening of Eric and Ern
Sunday 7 April

A brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches. A show full of Morecambe and Wise’s most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course, a musical guest.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Sunday 14 April

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed concert style show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.

Funky Llama Festival
Saturday 8 June

Funky Llama Festival is back for summer 2019 with an exciting mix of live music, DJs, dance and theatre acts from across the UK. This event is a totally inclusive event that is programmed by our differently abled Driving Force steering group. Funky Llama challenges stereotypes and celebrates the creative talents of adults with different abilities.

A Look Ahead

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet (already on sale)
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 June

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together

Les Misérables
Tuesday 11 June – Sunday 7 July

After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed

Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this brilliant new staging had taken the world by storm.

Kinky Boots (already on sale)
Monday 8 – Saturday 20 July


Winner of every major Best Musical award, Kinky Boots comes to Plymouth in 2019. With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!


Calendar Girls – The Musical (already on sale)
Monday 22 July – Saturday 3 August

Calendar Girls – The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

Tuesday 6 – Saturday 17 August

The sensational hit West End musical is bringing its unique sound to Plymouth and is guaranteed to have you dancing in the street. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and launched the careers of legendary artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and many more.

The Bodyguard
Wednesday 21 – Saturday 31 August

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love.

Buddy Holly (already on sale)
Monday 2 – Saturday 7 September


This sensational multi-award winning West End show opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 1989. Now it triumphantly returns to begin its landmark 30th Anniversary Tour.

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