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One Year On


16 March, 2021. Exactly ‘One Year On’ since our forced closure in 2020. Nobody in the UK could have remained immune from the damaging consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, but its impact on the performing arts and to TRP has been particularly devastating. TRP was forced to close its doors for the first time in its 37-year history, with 91% of our income vanishing overnight.

So, after a year like no other, where the Arts and Culture sector faced oblivion, we are reflecting on all we achieved, and begin to look forward to welcoming back our audiences and participants.

One year on since our closure it would be easy to look back and talk about the perils we have faced in the last 12 months, but we want to take this moment to marvel at our staff, participants and supporters and how they have pulled together and adapted to these difficult times.

Adrian Vinken, Theatre Royal Plymouth CEO

CEO Adrian Vinken has recorded a special video message for you, our supporters, to thank you. He looks back on the highlights of the last year for the theatre, particularly the continuation of our  Engagement and Learning programmes.


Big thanks to our supporters

Thanks to the generosity of you, our supporters, and emergency funding from Arts Council England and the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we have been able to continue to provide support to these amazing community and artist development projects throughout the last 12 months, which for many have been a creative lifeline.


We have provided workshops for 478 people through our Engagement and Learning projects: 326 sessions have been on Zoom and 63 delivered in person while restrictions were temporarily eased.


We supported 54 local artists through our Talent Development work, including the TRP Lab Company.


We reinvented our Funky Llama Club Night and re-launched it as an accessible online event, which saw over 600 people from across the world tune in.


We sent 385 creative care packages to participants across the city, including Our Space (a creative programme that works with adults with multiple and complex needs).


Thanks to the National Lottery and the Cultural Recovery Fund we welcomed over 16,000 people safely back into TRP for 80 performances of three festive shows over the Christmas season.

Looking ahead

As we look to the future, the additional £300m announced in the Budget for the Culture Recovery Fund plus the extension of the furlough scheme will, hopefully, provide the final lifeline to get theatres back onto a sustainable footing. We look forward to welcoming back our community programme participants in person and to presenting our fantastic Summer and Autumn season of shows, bringing theatre back to the heart of Plymouth.

We fervently hope that the Government’s roadmap will go ahead as planned because, at the moment, there are no guarantees of further support if things don’t work out that way.

Adrian Vinken, Theatre Royal Plymouth CEO



Keep supporting TRP

The hope is that the end is finally in sight but, as one of the first industries forced into closure, we will also be one of the last allowed to reopen.

Your donation today can help us through the coming months of continued uncertainty, help us to keep running our creative workshops for vulnerable people in the local community and help us to bring a great range of high-quality shows back to our stages soon.

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, but your donation of any size will be gratefully received and will help us to be here for you once this is all over.

Thank you from the staff, artists and practitioners of Theatre Royal Plymouth

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