Rough Crossing is coming to Theatre Royal

Rough Crossing is coming to Theatre Royal

Rough Crossing
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March

Bill Kenwright presents the long-awaited return of Rough Crossing written by Academy, Tony and Olivier award-winning writer Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Thing, Arcadia) Directed by acclaimed director Rachel Kavanaugh (The Wind in the Willows, Half a Sixpence) and with music by André Previn, Rough Crossing comes to the Lyric stage from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 March.

The star cast is led by John Partridge, winner of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef. John is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders. He is one of musical theatre’s most prolific leading men, having played in major West End musical hits such as Chorus Line, Chicago, and in Bill Kenwright’s recent La Cage Aux Folles.

Joining John is one of musical theatre’s brightest upcoming stars, Olivier-award nominee Charlie Stemp, fresh from his Palladium and Broadway triumphs starring opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! and in London in Half a Sixpence. He will play Bert in this year’s revival of Mary Poppins. They are joined by West-End star Issy van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda), comedy TV favourite Matthew Cottle (Game On, The Windsors), Holby City’s Rob Ostlere (Arthur Digby) and Simon Dutton, TV’s Simon Templar; The Saint.

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck in 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 by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man.

Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

The creative team is completed by: Colin Richmond (Set and Costume), Ben Cracknell (Lighting) and Dan Samson (Sound).


Tickets are priced from £12.00 and can be booked online at or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.


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