KOPERGIETERY, KGbe, Arsenaal/Lazarus, Richard Jordan Productions and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Big in Belgium and Summerhall.
Tue 09 – Sat 13 Jun.
In the overwhelming, desolate landscape of the Faroe Islands, a young person is found.
A young person tries to find his place in the world.
A person who has no desire to be number one in a world that seems obsessed with the idea.
A person who holds a deep fascination for Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, a man who – from the wings – made sure that the moon mission went swimmingly.
The invisible, yet essential link in the whole, that’s what he wants to be:
A cog in the huge machinery of things. Far away from the spotlights.
Given the choice, he also wishes he could disappear.
Or does he?
Direct from sell-out performances at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, this remarkable new play, adapted from Norwegian author Johan Harstad’s acclaimed first novel Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion is a beautiful and life-affirming coming of age story for both adults and teenagers about love, survival and finding friendship in often the most unlikely of places.
Age guidance: 14+
Ask Me Anything
Created & Presented by The Paper Birds. Co-Produced with Live Theatre.
Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jun.
A loud, live, love song, to not having it all figured out.
We asked young people, living in today’s world of mobile phones and google, to write to us and ask us anything. Nothing was off limits. We received over 100 letters from across the UK. This show is our reply.
Ask Me Anything is an immersive theatrical experience set in our teenage 90s and 00s bedrooms. Featuring live music, cutting edge digital artistry, mischief and mayhem, we explore what different generations can learn from each other.
Ask Me Anything is for teenagers, parents, grandparents, and everyone in between, who, like us, are still figuring it all out.
So, take off your shoes, pull up a cushion, and come on in.
Age guidance: 14+
Please note: this performance contains strong language, live video streaming, loud music, strobe, smoke and haze. While we don’t want to give away any spoilers, we have a responsibility to inform audiences of content that could cause distress. Ask Me Anything explores themes of mental health and youth suicide. If you would like to speak to The Paper Birds‘ team to find out more about the show before booking please click here to email.
Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory
Sun 05 Jul.
The year is 2020. The world stands on the brink. Turmoil is the norm.
Questions have been asked and none answered.
What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers.
Well you’re in luck, ladies and gentlemen – he’s here and touring the nation.
Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language & adult themes)
Bring It On
Tue 11 – Sat 15 Aug.
It’s time to Bring It On as the smash hit Broadway Musical back flips into the UK. Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On The Musical takes you on a high-flying, energy fuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks.
Cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School. But when she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over. But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
Bring it On is produced by Selladoor Productions (FLASHDANCE, AVENUE Q) and is written by Tony Award Winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (HAMILTON), Jeff Whitty (AVENUE Q), Tom Kitt (GREASE: LIVE) and lyricist Amanda Green (HIGH FIDELITY).
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales
Presented by Freckle Productions.
Wed 12 – Sat 15 Aug.
FOUR TERRIFIC TALES – ONE SUPERB SHOW!
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. From the team behind Zog and Tabby McTat, funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed – a perfect treat for all ages!
Is Tiddler telling the truth?
Will Monkey find his Mummy?
Will George The Giant make lots of friends?
Can the old lady really squash and squeeze all those animals in?
Mon 17 – Sat 22 Aug.
Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever with the incredible Gareth Gates (ITV’s Pop Idol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Les Misérables, Loserville, Legally Blonde) returning to give a ‘faultless’ performance as loveable cowboy Willard. (Manchester Evening News).
City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he’s forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, soon Ren has all hell breaking loose and the whole town on its feet.
Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent. With cutting edge modern choreography, you’ll enjoy classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy and of course the unforgettable title track Footloose.
Mon 24 – Sat 29 Aug.
The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before.
After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?
With its phenomenal score, bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want, this thrilling new version is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic.
Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and with choreography by Arlene Phillips, reignite your passion and get ready for an explosion of summer loving.
So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want this term!
Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
Mon 28 Sep – Sat 03 Oct.
Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.
It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.
Norman will be played by one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers. Julian Clary’s successes include television, radio, films, writing and stand up comedy, which he has performed all over the world. His West End starring roles range from London Palladium pantomimes to Taboo.
Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly,winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men. His other West End credits include Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellen, Comedians and Troilus and Cressida. His many television credits include the award-winning thriller Cold Blood, Benidorm, Bleak House and Moving On.
Ronald Harwood’s plays include Taking Sides, Equally Divided and Quartet. His screenplay for the film of The Dresser, received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. He won an Academy Award for The Pianist.
Terry Johnson is the recipient of a dozen major theatre awards. His directing credits include Mrs. Henderson Presents, Hysteria and The Libertine.
The Three Musketeers
Sun 04 Oct.
Presented by Le Navet Bete and Exeter Northcott Theatre.
From the award-winning Le Navet Bete, creators of the smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, comes a comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside!
Armed with only a baguette and his questionable steed join hot-headed d’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to become a musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely! Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumas’ 700-page classic into two hours of non-stop comedy gold.
Supported by a top notch band of brothers and sisters including long-time co-conspirator (and funny man director) John Nicholson (Peepolykus, BBC Radio 4) internationally renowned choreographer Lea Anderson MBE (The Cholmondeleys) and critically acclaimed set designer Ti Green (Touching the Void Bristol Old Vic/ national tour) this show is the company’s biggest and most riotous to date.
WNO Autumn 2020
Wed 07 Oct – Sat 10 Oct.
Welsh National Opera returns with an Autumn Season featuring deep tragedy, cunning humour and stimulating stories.
A heart-wrenching tale of love and despair, WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts WNO’s acclaimed production, Jenůfa described as ‘the most powerful yet’ last time it toured.
Rossini’s witty tale of love, lust and trickery, The Barber of Seville follows a series of comical events and deception as Figaro takes on the role of matchmaker.
The Season also features an ambitious new opera. Through six stories, by writers of diverse backgrounds, WNO explores Migrations from multiple angles: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet
Wed 21 Oct – Sat 24 Oct.
‘My only love sprung from my only hate.’
Prokofiev’s glorious score sets hearts alight in Kenneth MacMillan’s enduringly popular Romeo and Juliet.
Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate combine in this exhilarating classic ballet. In the most famous love story ever told, a dangerous cocktail of arrogant youth, simmering tension and deadly feuds erupts, leaving two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux, exploring love in all its soaring wonder, to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet is dance at its most poignant and beautiful.
Coming soon! Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella, coming to Plymouth from Wed 10 – Sat 13 Mar 2021. Available to book when purchased with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet (save 10%*). General booking opens Autumn 2020.
*Valid when booking Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella tickets together. Must be purchased at the same time and in the same price band.
Jack Dee: Off the Telly
Sun 25 Oct.
Presented by Off the Kerb Productions.
Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour.
“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack.
Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two, C4’s The Jack Dee Show, ITV’s Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”.
Other sidelines include Motivational Speaking, which Jack describes as “Basically a total waste of time, talking to losers, but the cash is decent” and then adds “Don’t print that”. It’s so hard to tell when he’s being serious.
In recognition of his charity work, Jack was denied an OBE in 2015.
Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language & adult themes)
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
Sat 14 – Sat 21 Nov.
Reimagined for the 21st Century.
The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s treats returns to Plymouth for one week only! It’s a Nutcracker! for all seasons, adored by critics and audiences alike. With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic. Expect a sprinkling of delicious new surprises in this reinvented production for 2021.
Hailed by The Observer as ‘the undisputed king of dance theatre’, master storyteller Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company have produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including The Red Shoes, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Edward Scissorhands, and most recently his acclaimed reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.
Tue 08 – Sat 12 Dec.
Make it a magical family Christmas in 2020 as the spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas lights up our theatre, direct from the West End.
“This terrific dose of pure escapism” (The Times) is brought to life by acclaimed Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster (Annie) and two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins).
A timeless romantic comedy to warm the hearts of all ages. White Christmas features the classic songs Blue Skies, Sisters and the most famous festive song of all White Christmas.
WNO Spring 2021
Wed 14 – Sat 17 Apr 2021.
Welsh National Opera bring three spectacular productions for their Spring 2021 Season.
Richard Strauss’ sumptuous opera, Der Rosenkavalier, offers comedy and poignant drama in equal measure, with unforgettable arias, trios and waltzes.
One of the greatest of all operas, Il trovatore (‘The Troubadour’) features a rousing score including the instantly recognisable Anvil Chorus.
A lavish new production of Faust brings Goethe’s timeless morality tale to life in spectacular fashion.