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Spring Season January > May 2018

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Living in their tiny shed amongst the garden tools, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything! Before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed… But no one knew that a vegetable could grow bigger than the cat, the dog and you and me put together. It’s gigantic! Its roots are under the house and it’s taking over. Help us pull together to get this turnip out of the ground before it takes over the planet! 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.   “Puppetry, live music and good old-fashioned charm sprout up left, right and centre”  The Stage With support from The Point and The Berry Theatre. Originally created with support from Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, in association with Salisbury Playhouse and The Merlin Theatre. 

Tue 28 Nov > Sat 13 Jan Morning and afternoon perfs daily, see our website for all dates. Peak £13, Non-Peak £12, Concs £8 - £10

Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland this Christmas with the swashbuckling family pantomime, Peter Pan. Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on a journey they will never forget featuring evil pirates, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook! With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the Lost Boys as they set sail on the ultimate panto adventure!

Fri 15 Dec > Sat 13 Jan For dates and all prices visit website £13.50 (RV) - £36.50 For discounts, concessions and access info see website

Relaxed Perf: Sat 06 Jan 3pm

Relaxed Perf: Wed 10 Jan 12.30pm £10

Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 3+

Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 5+

I’m particularly pleased to be welcoming the Royal Shakespeare Company back to The Lyric with their landmark production of Hamlet starring Paapa Essiedu in the title role. This is followed by This House, the political comedy from James Graham who wrote the TRP hit production of Monster Raving Loony in 2016. In The Drum we’re producing two deliciously dark new dramas: Clockwork Canaries by Christopher William Hill and 49 Donkeys Hanged by Carl Grose, both writers from the west country. It’s a season in Plymouth punctuated by high quality drama. For the first time, however, we’ll also be producing two plays performing in repertoire at London’s Southwark Playhouse – please see below for details.

Photo: Clare Tregaskis

Thank you for your continued support of the Theatre Royal Plymouth. We look forward to welcoming you back soon whether in Plymouth or London! Adrian Vinken OBE Chief Executive Did you know? We only retain a small portion of the total ticket price - that’s why, as a registered charity, we also fundraise to ensure we can invest in making the arts as accessible as possible through our Creative Learning programme. Learn more at

Spring 2018 Theatre Royal Plymouth’s London Season

THE WAR HAS NOT YET STARTED by Mikhail Durnenkov directed by Gordon Anderson

THE HERE AND THIS AND NOW by Glenn Waldron directed by Simon Stokes

Wed 10 Jan > Sat 10 Feb Southwark Playhouse, London SE1 6BD Tickets available from 020 7407 0234

Front Cover: Clockwork Canaries, a Theatre Royal Plymouth Production

Hello and welcome to our guide to all the work on our stages (and some beyond them) between now and May 2018. You’ll find a mix of great entertainment on all scales to enjoy with family and friends.

The Drum: theatre of now, up close and personal “Plymouth’s Drum is a real powerhouse of innovative theatre and collaboration” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“It is The Drum, programmed by Artistic Director Simon Stokes, that particularly makes Plymouth count as one of the premier homes for new writing” Mark Shenton, The Stage

ThisEgg presents

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Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party, disguised as a party party, disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

“a riotous, cleverly constructed and hilarious family show”

“A rarity… deliciously eccentric” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The Stage

HHHH The Scotsman HHHH The Stage HHHH HHHH The List A Younger Theatre HHHH HHHH Three Weeks Edinburgh Festival For Kids Tue 13 > Sat 17 Feb

Tue 3pm, Wed - Sat 11am & 3pm £9 • Post Show Q&A Wed 14 Feb

H Family group offers available Run Time 1hr (approx) • Recommended for ages 5+


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A Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre production


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. Using their trademark comic physicality, Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time, and glory. Directed by award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter, this is an irreverent and hugely playful show about what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom. Following our collaboration on the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (“there’s nothing quite like it… wild and funny with a serious core” HHHH The Times), Napoleon Disrobed will be Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s fifth co-production.

“ THEIR WORK IS NEVER LESS THAN SUBLIME” The Independent on Told by an Idiot

Thu 25 Jan > Sat 10 Feb Previews Thu 25 > Sat 27 Jan

Mon - Sat 7.45pm £15 (Previews £13) Post Show Events Wed 31 Jan & Wed 07 Feb

H Concessions only £11 Run Time tbc


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A Theatre Royal Plymouth production

It is an ill-omened day when Tatiana Dressler pulls a drowning cat from the surging waters of the River Schwartz. Tatiana’s father, a struggling inventor, has designs on the unfortunate feline, naming the cat Count Frederick Sebastian and setting to work on an ingenious contraption to humanise the creature. The cat is of a murderous disposition, developing a taste for a neighbour’s prized canaries – but canary slaughter is not the only suspicious activity being investigated at the Dressler residence. Death-fixated Tatiana fears the worst is just around the corner. Full of sinister secrets, improbable inventions and murderous mayhem, this blood-thirsty comedy comes from the author of the UK Theatre Award-winning Mister Holgado.


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Thu 22 Feb > Sat 10 Mar Previews Thu 22 > Sat 24 Feb

Mon - Sat 7.45pm £15 (Previews £13)

H Concessions only £11 Post Show Q&A Wed 28 Feb & Wed 07 Mar A play for adults but suitable for brave children aged 8+

Actors Touring Company & Orange Tree Theatre present

Winter Solstice By Roland Schimmelpfennig Translated by David Tushingham

Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s razor-sharp comedy about the rise of the new right across the globe. Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries. Previous productions in the UK include The Golden Dragon (in co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Arabian Night, both presented by Actors Touring Company.


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Tue 13 > Sat 17 Mar

“The best new play I have seen for many years”

HHHHH Sunday Express “A potent play for today. Transfixing and deeply radical… a superb Actors Touring Company production”

HHHH The Guardian “Trenchant, superbly performed UK premiere”

HHHH The Independent Tue - Sat 7.45pm £15 • Post Show Q&A Wed 14 Mar

H Concessions only £11 Run Time 1hr 50mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 12+

Photo: Stephen Cummiskey

Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy - Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays, which is awkward, not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him around for drinks…

A Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production

“A great mix of energy, chaos and passion”

HHHH The Times

“canny, slick work from a company that knows exactly what it is doing”

HHHH The Guardian

“Brilliantly handled… superbly drawn… I was riveted” The Spectator ​

It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is. Britain is the coolest place in the world.


At the local secondary school it’s a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can’t control her year 10s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and Miss Turner is hoping that this muck-up day goes smoother than the last. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.


Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble’s love letter to the schools of the 90s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.

Time Out

​ he Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark inventive theatricality and T irreverent humour to explore the stories that have shaped our country’s recent political history, and what the future might look like.

The Scotsman

The Stage

HHHH HHHH Whats On Stage

With support from Kevin Spacey Foundation

Tue 24 > Sat 28 Apr

Tue - Sat 7.45pm £15 • Post Show Q&A Wed 25 Apr

H Concessions only £11 Run Time 1hr 15mins • Recommended for ages 12+


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A Theatre Royal Plymouth production


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Thu 22 Mar Sat 07 Apr Previews Thu 22 > Sat 24 Mar

Mon - Sat 7.45pm (not Mon 02 Apr) £15 (Previews £13)

H Concessions only £11 Post Show Q&A Wed 28 Mar & Wed 04 Apr Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 14+

There’s summin strange goin’ up down Bosanko Farm… Stanley Bray is hanging donkeys. This is odd behaviour. Even for Ventongimps. He can’t stop his bizarre addiction until he understands why. Until then, he must keep his house-bound wife Joy in the dark, and prying villagers off his land. Easier said than done when Slaughterhouse Sally comes calling, Grizzler’s pasties in hand, determined to let bygones be bygones… But when Bray discovers the reason behind his actions lie with a playwright called Carl Grose, things take a very strange turn indeed… A dark, surreal new comedy from the writer of Grand Guignol and Horse Piss For Blood.

The Believers are but Brothers

Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor Co-directed by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing. From the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and bloodthirsty groups like ISIS run through European-drawn border lines. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment; without the money, power and sex they think they deserve, this crisis of masculinity leads them on a journey into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality. Written by Manchester-based Javaad Alipoor, this Fringe First award winning and Total Theatre Nominated (Experimentation & Innovation) multimedia show weaves together their stories. 


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Tue 01 > Sat 05 May

“Full of dark poetry and sheer analytical power”

HHHH The Scotsman

“Bold and gut twisting”

HHHH The Stage

“A multimedia feast of a show”

HHHH The Independent

Tue - Sat 7.45pm £15 • Post Show Q&A Wed 02 May

H Concessions only £11 Run Time 1hr (approx) • Recommended for ages 16+

Red Ladder Theatre Company and West Yorkshire Playhouse present

The Damned United 1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds. Written by Anders Lustgarten, adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet. #DamnedUnited

“a portrait of a man terminally wrapped-up in his own bravado… a bloody good story about sporting rivalry”

HHHH The Stage

“a brilliant production for both football fans and theatre lovers”

HHHH Three Weeks

“Gripping portrayal of a flawed football genius”

HHHH The List

Tue 08 > Sat 12 May

Tue - Sat 7.45pm £15 • Post Show Q&A Wed 09 May

H Concessions only £11 Run Time 1hr (approx) • Recommended for ages 14+


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The Lyric: theatre of scale and


theatre that’s

special for everyone


The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Plymouth with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!


It’s Baltimore 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!




Starring Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more. Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days - let your hair down and book now!

Mon 15 > Sat 20 Jan

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £19.50 (RV) - £45.50

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hrs 35 mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 8+


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Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them... Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging Soho joint where the kids used to dance the night away and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts. Only that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, as three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. Starring Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show, Bad Girls) and Alice Barlow (Hollyoaks, Drifters) and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man is the sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield. So you know just what to do with yourself – book your tickets now!


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Tue 23 > Sat 27 Jan

Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £12 (RV) - £36

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time tbc

A New Adventures Production

‘A valentine to the power of love’

‘A perfect treat. Bourne’s vision is glorious’ Daily Telegraph

‘A dazzling spectacle’ The Times

Tue 30 Jan > Sat 03 Feb

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return to the Theatre Royal Plymouth with one of their most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, 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. With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra.  Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £15 (RV) - £43

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hrs 30mins (approx) with two intervals • Recommended for ages 5+


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“A Star is Born” The Telegraph

Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on a national tour in 2018. A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, Simon Godwin directs rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role in this riveting and contemporary take on Hamlet.


“Simply a terrific Hamlet” The Sunday Times

Tue 06 > Sat 10 Feb

Tue - Sat 7pm, Thu & Sat 1.30pm £10 (RV) - £30 • Post Show Q&A Thu 08 Feb

H TRP Friends top three price bands half price on first perf Run Time 3hrs 15mins (approx)


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The Original Theatre Company presents



GWEN TAYLOR & SUSAN PENHALIGON The Importance of Being Earnest by the master of comedy, Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome visit to Plymouth society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company. Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s muchloved Algernon, Earnest, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.


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Tue 13 > Sat 17 Feb

Photos from previous production

Starring the imperious Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady Bracknell and the delightful Susan Penhaligon (Upstairs Downstairs and Bergerac) as the hapless Miss Prism, Wilde’s most famous and entertaining play is set to delight.

Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £12 (RV) - £29

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time tbc

A Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic co-production

Writer and Co-Adaptor Joel Horwood Director and Co-Adaptor Emma Rice Designer Vicki Mortimer

Emma Rice’s ‘exquisite’ (Daily Telegraph) production comes to Plymouth following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales reveals a spellbinding world of magic and mystery. For adults and brave children alike, this is a night to delight and surprise. Expect music, puppetry and dark magic… and perhaps some modern truths that we would all rather remain hidden.

As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. Each match will conjure a new story, a new vision, and we will hold her hand as we tumble down the rabbit hole together. “Theatre to snuggle down into on a Inspired by the beautiful and moving Hans Christian frosty night” HHHH The Guardian Andersen tale The Little Match Girl, and combining “An exquisite spell of a show… irreverent Andersen’s other tales, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina, The Little and funny” HHHH The Telegraph

Tue 20 > Sat 24 Feb

Tue - Sat 7pm, Sat 2pm £15 RV - £29

H Family Tickets Available • Relaxed Perf Thu 12.30pm £10 Run Time 1hr 40mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 9+


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David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers present the Old Vic production of


NIGEL HAVERS, DENIS LAWSON & STEPHEN TOMPKINSON ART by Yasmina Reza | Translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by Ellie Jones based on Matthew Warchus’ original Old Vic production

Three men. Three friends. One white painting. ART is one of the most successful comedies ever. ART is the winner of Olivier, Tony, Moliere and every other major world theatre award. ART is a masterpiece.


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Mon 26 Feb > Sat 03 Mar

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £10 (RV) - £30

H TRP Friends top three price bands half price on first perf Run Time 1hr 30mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 8+

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard stars Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing at the London Coliseum, as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis. In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silentscreen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, on the run

Mon 12 > Sat 17 Mar

from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, As If We Never Said Goodbye, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) this production promises to be a spectacular event.

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £25 (RV) - £49.50

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hs 30mins • Recommended for ages 12+


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“Matchless” The curse of a wicked fairy, one touch of a spindle, and a beautiful princess falls into an enchanted sleep which can only be broken by a prince’s kiss. The Sleeping Beauty is one of the grandest ballets ever created. With its marvellous virtuoso dance, dazzling fairy tale spectacle and music by Tchaikovsky played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting experience for all the family.


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Wed 21 > Sat 24 Mar

The Sunday Telegraph

“Has no equal in the ballet world today” The Stage

“Spectacular” HHHH The Times

Wed - Sat 7.30pm, Thu 2pm & Sat 2.30pm £10 (RV) - £42

H First Steps Fri 1pm £6 (RV) - £12.50 • Class on Stage Sat 11.45am £6 (RV) - £10 • Pre Perf Q&A Fri 6.30pm Run Time 2hrs 55mins (approx) • For ages 5+

Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera returns with three passionate productions guaranteed to rouse emotions. David Pountney’s new production of Verdi’s epic La forza del destino follows an inescapable chain of events of love and revenge, and opens with the instantly-familiar Overture.

Tue 27 > Sat 31 Mar

Based on the legend of Don Juan, the amoral rogue Don Giovanni finds himself on the run pursued by a force from beyond the grave, concluding in a heartstopping finale. Set against a backdrop of Rome during the Napoleonic invasion, Tosca is a thrilling story of love, lust, loyalty and corruption.

La forza del destino Tue 6.30pm, Don Giovanni Wed 7pm, Tosca Thu 7.15pm & Sat 2pm £14.50 (RV) - £52.50

H TRP Friends get £10 off top four price bands Tue - Thu eves Run Times see website


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A Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production of



Based on the stories by RUDYARD KIPLING Directed by MAX WEBSTER An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, comes to life in this colourful new show brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild.   Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling. Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle. This unforgettable adventure is adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), features live music on stage created by Joe Stilgoe and is directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).


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Tue 03 > Sat 07 Apr

Tue, Fri & Sat 7pm, Wed - Sat 2.30pm, Thu 10.30am £10 (RV) - £26.50

H Family Tickets available Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 5+

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with Matthew Gregory presents

★★★★★ Netmums

Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★★ Culture Whisper

Tue 10 > Thu 12 Apr


Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird, who has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs!

Tue 4.30pm, Tue - Thu 1.30pm, Wed & Thu 10.30am £10 (RV) - £13.50

H Family Tickets Available Run Time 55mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 3+


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What the Ladybird Heard © Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks 2009. Macmillan Children’s Books.

Based on the award-winning picture book by


The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to Plymouth! This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What A Night, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more, Jersey Boys is a story full of heart, humour and ‘sheer musical razzmatazz’ (The Sunday Express) you simply will never forget.


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Tue 17 > Sat 28 Apr

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £24 (RV) - £52

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hrs 30mins (approx) • For ages 12+





‘Great for kids and even better for adults!’ THE SUN

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 bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Don’t miss it!

Tue 08 > Sat 12 May

Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 5pm, Sat 2pm £15 (RV) - £29.50

H Under 16s from £15 • Family Tickets Available Run Time 1hr 50mins (approx) • Recommended for ages 6+


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Jonathan Church Productio the National Theatre and Chiches


‘A funny and moving political epic.’ The Times

Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End this extraordinarily prescient play takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

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In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, high-stake tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread.


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Tue 01 > Sat 05 May

Produced in the West End by Nica Bu

Written by

James Graham

Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £10 (RV) - £32

H TRP Friends get £20 tickets, top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hrs 45mins (approx) • Some strong language, recommended for ages 14+

ons and Headlong present ster Festival Theatre production of


‘A thrilling play that relives history and transcends it.’


urns, Neal Street Productions and Headlong

Directed by

Jeremy Herrin

James Graham’s biting, energetic and criticallyacclaimed play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things, Wolf Hall), This House gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics.

Previous cast photography by Johan Persson, design by

The Guardian




David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers +

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams Present

It’s Manchester. It’s 1992 and we meet five 16 year old girls for whom ‘the band’ is everything. Join us on this emotional rollercoaster as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives. The show features the spectacular music of Take That, Britain’s most successful boyband of all time, whose songs include Never Forget, Back for Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine and Rule the World. The Band is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time. Don’t miss your chance to see this breathtaking brand new production first before it hits London’s West End.


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Tue 15 > Sat 26 May

Mon - Thu & Sat eve 7.30pm, Thu (17th) & Sat 2.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm £19.50 (RV) - £49.50

H TRP Friends get £4 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time 2hs 15mins (approx)

Fiery Angel in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton present



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… Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey (Gaslight, Dial M for Murder), designed by Mike Britton.

Tue 29 May > Sat 02 Jun


Agatha Christie and the Agatha Christie signature are registered trade marks. All rights reserved.


Tue - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £13 (RV) - £29

H TRP Friends get £10 off top three price bands on first perf Run Time tbc • For ages tbc


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A Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company production.

Brainstorm CREATED BY NED GLASIER, EMILY LIM & COMPANY THREE. Inside every adolescent brain, 86 billion neurons connect and collide to produce the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us. Brainstorm is a unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers’ brains work, and why they’re designed by evolution to be the way they are. Following the success of Buckets and The Blue Road, the Young Company return to unravel the mysteries of being a teenager.


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Thu 12 > Sat 14 Apr

Thu - Sat 7.45pm £9

H Concessions only £5 Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages tbc

National Theatre Connections is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland. This year it will involve 270 young theatre groups and 28 leading Partner Theatres, including nine in the Southwest who will each perform in The Drum. Acorn Young People’s Theatre Cornwall College Kingsley Bideford Community Theatre Company Lipson Co-operative Academy McMillan Youth Theatre Pike and Musket St. Ives School Youth Theatre The Plough Youth Theatre Seniors Young and Unique @ CCC

Tue 17 > Sat 21 Apr

National Theatre Connections is kindly supported by The Arts Council of England, The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, MacTaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard CampbellBreeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal. The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Tue - Sat 7pm £6

H For details and access info see website Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 14+


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PlayLAB Our PlayLAB programme supports emerging directors and theatre makers to develop their skills and experiment with ideas. This season, in a showcase of bold new shorts, members of the Young Company, People’s Company and The Lab Company 2018 each present work that matters to them under the title Speaking Freely.

Wed 14 > Sat 17 Feb Wed - Sat 7pm £8 • Concessions only £5

The Lab:

developing & showcasing


new talent IdeasLAB 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.

Sat 31 Mar Sat 8pm £3 • No concessions

Sunked by Chris White

Meet Millie… and Millie… and Millie. YouTuber, internet celebrity and scientist, Millie, accidentally invents a time machine taking her on a fast-paced and futuristic journey. Discovering duplicate versions of her future self, she questions who she is and who she will become. Does she need subscribers or does she need friends? Then Again is Tremolo Theatre’s second show, following on from their lo-fi sci-fi black comedy, The Hours Before We Wake, “a little gem of a show, multi-faceted and polished to perfection”

HHHHH Stage Talk Magazine

Photo: Jack Offord Design: Harry Wright

Chris is raising the Titanic - reclaiming it from Canadian billionaires and giving it back to the people. He’s doing it for England, Ireland and his Mum. He’s doing it because he doesn’t have much else to do. But he’ll soon discover the sinister truth at the heart of the Atlantic – one which might wreck everything. Combining comedy, poetry and songs, Sunked is a spoken-word show about salvage, salvation and Celine Dion.

“Chris’s poetry pleasingly puts you through the paces of a jungle gym for mental aerobics while tugging on touching and filling up on funny.” The People’s Republic of South Devon

Tue 03 & Wed 04 Apr Tue & Wed 8pm £8

Thu 05 > Sat 07 Apr Thu - Sat 8pm £8

H See Then Again, Sunked and Whey Down South

H See Then Again, Sunked and Whey Down South for £18 this season

Run Time 1hr (approx) • For ages 12+

Run Time 1hr 10mins (approx) • For ages 12+

for £18 this season


the Narwhal Ensemble present

Jenny stands at the top of the hill. Her legs shake, her top lip trembles. The decline before her beckons. The wind pushes at her back. This is her time, the hill her arena. Will Jenny defy the expectations of friends and family, risking severe bodily harm (and probable legal action) to save the Little Curdlington Cheese-Rolling? Join the Narwhal Ensemble for Whey Down South, a theatrical quest to preserve the age old tradition of cheese rolling and fight the looming influence of big money. Will the community band together, or will it crumble like a finely aged cheddar?

by Brantley Rogers

without you is a one-to-one performance which investigates the influence of popular culture upon our perceptions of love. I invite you to join me, and to find your own truth amongst the personal and fictitious narratives I will be sharing with you.

Fri 06 & Sat 07 Apr THE LAB

Image: Maja Dungay

Patrick Swayze taught me how to love. Heath Ledger taught me how to love. Ryan Gosling taught me how to love.

Tue 10 > Sat 14 Apr Tue - Sat 8pm £8

10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm £8

H See Then Again, Sunked and Whey Down South for £18 this season

Run Time 30mins (approx)

Run Time 1hr 10mins (approx) • For ages 8+

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B O U B L I L & S C H Ö N B E R G ’S

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.


Wed 04 Jul > Sat 04 Aug

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £30 (RV) - £63.50

H Limited concessions available Run Time 2hs 50mins • Recommended for ages 12+


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HHHHH ‘An Entertainment Phenomenon.’ Daily Telegraph

David Johnson & John Mackay in association with Debi Allen present


CONTENT PROVIDER After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

“The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career… I laughed till it hurt.”

HHHHH The Times

“Characteristically twisty and frequently brilliant”

HHHH The Guardian “Venomously funny”

HHHH Standard

“The delusional ravings of a man who has lost his way in the world”

HHHHH Mail on Sunday

Following 8 record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Plymouth in 2018. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.



Wed 29 Aug > Sat 15 Sep

Sun 04 Mar

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £19 (RV) - £57

Sun 7.30pm £19 (RV) - £25.50

H Limited concessions

H No concessions available Run Time 2hrs 10mins • For ages 16+

Run Time 2hrs 40mins (approx) • For ages 10+

Christopher Wood for ARG Talent present

BRIAN CONLEY The multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage with his brand new show Strictly Come Laughing. Featuring brand new comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known material from stage and screen. Hurry along and book to see why Brian Conley remains one of this country’s most loved entertainers.

Fri 09 Mar


Fri 7.30pm £12 (RV) - £22.50

H No concessions available Run Time tbc

WORLD- FAMOUS BLACK DYKE BAND One of the most successful brass bands in the world, the Black Dyke Band are in concert for the very first time at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to hear the brass band that have won a record number of National, British Open and European titles and are in demand all over the world. Brass banding doesn’t get much better than this, book early to avoid disappointment!

Russell Watson Canzoni d’Amore

Following a series of sell-out performances in 2015-16, the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell Watson continues to wow audiences with his enigmatic and entertaining live performances.



Sun 08 Apr

Sat 14 Apr

Sun 2.30pm £16 (RV) - £26

Sat 7.30pm £19 (RV) - £49.50

H No concessions available

H No concessions available Run Time tbc

Run Time tbc

Davro Unleashed The Champions Of Magic return to the UK following sold out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. These five magicians present daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading with a heart-stopping finale and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Following his sell-out visit to the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2015, Bobby Davro returns with his hilarious new show of music, impressions, comedy and audience participation. Not for the children!

Sun 29 Apr


Sun 06 May


Sun 7.30pm £15 (RV) - £29

Sun 7.30pm £15 (RV) - £20.50

H Family Tickets Available

H No concessions available Run Time tbc • Recommended for ages 15+

Run Time tbc

Written & Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the TV series by Raymond Allen

The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show! This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage!

Sun 27 May


Joe Pasquale

Sarah Earnshaw Susie Blake COMING SOON

Mon 04 > Sat 09 Jun

Sun 7pm £18.50 (RV) - £29.50

Mon -Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm £10 (RV) - £28

H TRP Friends get £5 off top three price bands Run Time 3hrs 20mins (approx)

H TRP Friends get half price tickets on first performance Run Time tbc

Take a seat in the Faulty Towers restaurant and be waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel in this fully immersive, highly improvised comedy dining experience. Only a third of the show is scripted, so anything can happen! Expect all the best gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s style three course meal.

Various dates from Jan > May 2018 See our website for details

Cost: £52, including a three course meal Start time: 6.30pm (doors 6pm)

A different kind of dining experience this season in the Theatre Royal Plymouth Restaurant

Murder Mystery: Dining to die for Will you spot the clues? Will you unravel the plot? Who is the Murderer? The Murder Mystery action begins over pre-dinner drinks and continues through a delicious four-course dinner. Get involved with the theme of the evening as the scene is set for murder… will your suspicions lead you to the truth?

Various dates from Jan > May 2018

See our website for details Cost: £45 including four course meal Start time: 7pm

Get Involved at the Theatre Royal Plymouth From master classes and weekly sessions to full-scale performances and involvement behind the scenes, the Young Company and People’s Company programmes aim to excite, inspire and enthuse people of all ages and backgrounds through a world-class theatre experience.

Young Company 5 - 25yrs

People’s Company 18+

• Weekly sessions at our venues and in the community in acting, dance and design, plus a whole lot more! • Theatre academies during the school holidays • Three productions throughout the year

• Termly theatre and performance courses • Voices community choir • Short courses in directing, design and play-writing • Productions throughout the year

Memberships are just £6 per year

On a freezing cold Christmas Eve, everyone prepares for Christmas Day with gestures of kindness and goodwill. Everyone except for Ebenezer Scrooge, an old, miserable man who seems to have forgotten the true meaning of this festive holiday. Based on the story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this new musical, Scrooge!, tells the story of the past, present and future… This December, come and spend the whole day with the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Peter Kyrke-Smith and get into the Christmas spirit with a day packed full of new songs, dance, comedy and drama!

For 8 - 12 year olds Sat 16 Dec £20 / £18 YC members

The perfect stage for your business Theatre Royal Plymouth is a thriving catalyst for the local community, bringing entertainment, education and inspiration to the many groups and individuals that we engage with. As a charity, we rely on the support of businesses like yours to help us develop our education programme and our outreach work with some of the most vulnerable members of the community. We extend our warmest thanks to our corporate members and sponsors for all their support in making this happen. In return, we offer a range of exciting and exclusive benefits, along with some great networking and marketing opportunities. Would you like to play your part and join some of the region’s finest businesses in helping to make a difference, at the same time raising your company’s profile and providing great opportunities for your clients and staff? To find out more about how you can get involved, call us on 01752 230382 or email Registered charity number: 284545

We gratefully acknowledge funding from Sponsors and Platinum members

Creative Learning Sponsor

Gold members Atwell Martin • Devonport Royal Dockyard Employee Trust GA Solicitors • Hindhead Property • Kier Construction • Langage Farm Noakes Habermehl & Kerr Opticians • Ocean BMW • Plymouth Gin Plymouth University • Polhawn Fort Weddings • RH Partners Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants • Vospers Motor House



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We would like to thank our Ambassadors for their valuable support of our work with schools, young people and communities in Plymouth. You help us to entertain and inspire audiences and future generations through theatre.

Become a Friend of TRP and you’ll receive: • Generous discounts on tickets with priority booking • Advance copies of our brochures and email notifications of when shows go on sale • Exclusive restaurant offers and invitations to special events All for just £44 per year

Join as an Ambassador and you will be part of a network of like-minded individuals who care deeply about the Arts and want to play their part in their local theatre. The support of our Ambassadors really matters; to find out more contact us on 01752 230382 or email

General Information Contact Us

Access Performances

Box Office: 01752 267222

Peter Pan

Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR

Thu 04 Jan 7.00pm Fri 05 Jan 7.00pm Sat 06 Jan 2.00pm Wed 10 Jan 12.30pm Fri 12 Jan 2.00pm Sat 13 Jan 2.00pm

Theatre Royal Plymouth Production and Learning Centre, TR2, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ


Thu 18 Jan 2.30pm Thu 18 Jan 7.30pm

Your Visit

Sat 27 Jan 2.30pm Sat 27 Jan 7.30pm

Online at: Email: General enquiries: 01752 668282

Theatre is a shared live experience so please show consideration to those on stage as well as your fellow audience members. Mobile phones and other devices should be switched off during the performance. Our House Management team is on duty to enhance your experience. If anything limits your enjoyment please let us know during your visit so we can help you straight away. To assist with safety measures please avoid bringing large bags or cases to the Theatre.

The Gallery Three Plymouth-based artists kick-off the season in the Gallery 2018. From December 2017 through to 20th January 2018 Cornelius van Rijckevorsel presents an exhibition of masks. From February until the beginning of April we feature contemporary painter Tony Aldrich, followed by artist and illustrator Richard Allman until the end of June.


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Son of a Preacher Man

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Matthew Bourne Cinderella Fri 02 Feb 7.30pm

Napoleon Disrobed Mon 05 Feb 7.45pm Thu 08 Feb 7.45pm


Wed 07 Feb 7.00pm Sat 10 Feb 1.30pm

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The Importance of Being Earnest Fri 16 Feb 7.30pm Sat 17 Feb 2.30pm

Clockwork Canaries Thu 01 Mar 7.45pm Thu 08 Mar 7.45pm

Sunset Boulevard Fri 16 Mar 7.30pm Sat 17 Mar 2.30pm

Jungle Book

Sat 07 Apr 2.30pm

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is committed to ensuring full accessibility across all of our stages – please see our website for full details or contact the Box Office if you wish to discuss your visit and any specific requirements.

Jersey Boys

A range of performances are available signed or with captioning and audio description. We also provide specially adapted relaxed performances. Please see our website for full details.

Fri 04 May 7.30pm Sat 05 May 2.30pm

Wed 25 Apr 7.30pm Thu 26 Apr 2.30pm

This House The Band

Wed 23 May 7.30pm Fri 25 May 5.00pm

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Love From A Stranger Fri 01 Jun 7.30pm Sat 02 Jun 2.30pm

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Booking Information Book online: In person bookings: Mon to Sat 10.30am - 8pm (6pm on non-performance days) Phone bookings: 01752 267222 Mon to Sat 10am - 7pm

Seating Plan A seating plan for The Lyric can be found on our website at

Pricing and Concessions Please note the abbreviation (RV) on the show pages denotes seating with a restricted view. Concessions are available for most shows, typically for Under 16s / Students / Over 60s / Young and People’s Company Members / Friends / Corporate Members / Disabled Patrons / Unwaged (Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support Recipients). Please visit our website for more details. Some multi-purchase offers (e.g. Family Tickets) are not available online, please contact the Box Office for details. We offer generous discounts for groups of 10+ and schools on a large selection of our performances. Contact

TRP Gift Vouchers Gift vouchers are a great gift for your theatre-loving friends and family, for a truly unforgettable experience. Available to purchase online or via the Box Office, gift vouchers can be used against: • Tickets for productions • Memberships • Dining in our restaurant • Interval drinks purchased online • VIP Packages • Tours • People’s Company and Young Company Workshops

Theatre Royal Plymouth does not charge a booking fee. An additional 80p postage fee applies for tickets that are mailed to customers.

Priority Booking Become a Priority Booker and enjoy advanced booking before general release for just £15 a year! or call 01752 267222

Terms & Conditions The information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to print, however, the Theatre Royal Plymouth reserves the right to make alterations without prior notice. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. Please note that only one concession or discount applies per ticket. Please inform us if you are entitled to a concession at the time of booking as changes cannot be made once tickets have been issued. For full terms and conditions please visit the website.

Photo: Edward Borlase

Box Office

The Restaurant @ TRP The Theatre Royal Plymouth Restaurant offers the very best in modern international cuisine. Relax and enjoy your pre-show dinner in our contemporary and spacious setting with views over Royal Parade. Once you’ve booked your table it’s yours for the evening so that you may return in the interval to enjoy your dessert and interval drinks.

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TRP Spring 2018 Season  

See what shows and events we have coming up in our Spring 2018 season.