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Spring | Summer 2020 Brochure

Spring | Summer 2020 Brochure




Theatre Royal Plymouth Schools Project

Wed 08 – Sat 11 Jul 2020

PlayHouse gives primary school teachers the chance to direct a specially commissioned play by one of the country’s leading playwrights, with professional support from the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The plays are written to challenge and inspire young casts, raising the confidence and creativity of teachers and young people alike. The PlayHouse Project is part of the Theatre Royal Plymouth Schools Project.

Everyday Concrete

The Lab Company 2019/20

Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jul 2020

Watch this space, there’s something exciting happening in The Lab right now.

Our 2019/20 Lab Company, Everyday Concrete, are creating a new show, we don’t know what it is just yet, but it’s going to be GREAT!

Keep your eyes peeled to see what they produce!

The Lab Company supports the development of Early Career Artists from the Plymouth area. It is a singular opportunity for emerging artists to develop their craft and present new work with Theatre Royal Plymouth.


by Jade Campbell

Tue 21 – Wed 22 Jul 2020

She sat with her eyes closed, hoping not to be chosen. She really wanted to be invisible at this point. She didn’t want them to notice her sat in their corner. But they did and they expected her to perform – you know, like the others…

It’s like time stood still. A glitch in the matrix and a bead of sweat dripped down his nose and landed in her mouth.

Follow one woman’s journey into the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, why she fights, shy she doesn’t join anyone on the picket line and why she feels akin to the Suffragettes.

(Please note that this is a work-in-progress piece.)

Age guidance: 14+

The Outsiders Project: Slap

Written & Performed by Ryan McCormack

Wed 29 Jul 2020

It all begins on a day in summer. A son and his mother. A moment of impatience. A slap.

Slap is a fearless and tender story of one man and his mother. It explores working Irish working class immigration, masculinity, and forgiveness. It is full of humour and humanity and is shockingly honest.

(Please note that this is a work-in-progress piece.)

Age guidance: 16+
Running time: 1hr (approx.)

The Outsiders Project: Three Women

Written & Performed by Jane CartwrightGail Cecil, and Shelley Mitchell

Thu 30 Jul 2020

Jane wants us to know how her extreme mind works: it makes her but doesn’t destroy her.

Gail wants us to know the true story behind the loss of her children into the care system.

Shelley wants to share her story of seven failed rehabs, a lost child and a sugar daddy.

All three women are exploring how to tell their very different stories. They tell unheard stories. They do it with courage and ferocity.

(Please note that this is a work-in-progress piece.)

Age guidance: 16+
Running time: 1hr (approx.)

The Outsiders Project: The Truth About Men

Written & Performed by Scott Lavene

Fri 31 Jul 2020

The Truth About Men is a one-man musical written and performed by Scott Lavene and directed by Nell Leyshon.

Solomon meets Mary in Paris.

Two months later, she turns up in London to tell him she is pregnant. What will he do?

Age guidance: 16+
Running time: 1hr 10mins (approx.)

PLATFORM: Voodoo Monkeys

Theatre Royal Plymouth Lab Associates

Thu 13 – Sat 15 Aug 2020

Voodoo Monkeys is the performance playground of visual and spoken word artist Jason Brownlee, and theatre maker Lee Hart. Formed in 2019, the company is dedicated to the creation of world-class performance through multi-artform collaboration and the grassroots involvement of the community.

PLATFORM: Ruth Mitchell

Theatre Royal Plymouth Lab Associates

Tue 18 – Thu 20 Aug 2020

Ruth was a leading classical actor for thirty years spending four years with the RSC and touring and performing with theatres on a national and international scale. She has appeared in the premieres of award winning new plays, Kindertransport, for the Soho Theatre and Smoke for the Manchester Royal Exchange and in Ted Hughes modern version of Spring Awakening for the RSC. She is also only one of a handful of female actors to have played Hamlet.

Since moving to the South West Ruth has been making work independently in Plymouth and has created her own performances since 2013. Coffee with Vera, inspired by the Plymouth Synagogue, the oldest Askenazi synagogue in continuous use in the English speaking world; Homeward Bound, a play that celebrates all things baseball and The Secret Listener, inspired by a hidden WW2 story.

Ruth is also a member of ripple; a theatre collective currently creating audio trails for hidden cemeteries, their audio trail for the old Jewish cemetery on Plymouth Hoe is a regular favourite during the annual Plymouth History Festival.

PLATFORM: Emma Baskeyfield

Theatre Royal Plymouth Lab Associates

Fri 21 & Sat 22 Aug 2020

Emma is an Exeter-based Theatre Maker, Practitioner, Performer, and Puppeteer. She makes playful, bold, and feminist work using spoken word, visual storytelling, and puppetry. Emma‘s a survivor of sexual violence, has a long-term mental health condition, and is from a working-class background. Though these aren’t always in her work, they inform and shape her practice. Previous shows include: Glitter in the Wound (2017) and Go Figure (2019).

Young Company Show

Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company

Thu 27 – Sat 29 Aug 2020

Following on from the success of Creep and Influence, the Young Company return to The Drum with a new show; as yet untitled.

The Young Company create bold and exciting new plays with the voice of young people at their heart. Theatre Royal Plymouth are committed to exceptional opportunities for young people. To find out more please click here.


Wed 02 – Sun 06 Sep 2020

The 2019 Edinburgh Festival smash-hit Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show.

When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?

With original new songs such as (He’s her) Lobster!, Richard’s Moustache, and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong?

This is a loving parody not to be confused with the Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. series Friends.

Ghost the Musical

Tue 08 – Sat 12 Sep 2020

Walking back to their apartment late one night, a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost. But with the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam, trapped between this world and the next, tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving her from grave danger…

The movie ‘Ghost’ has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. The international smash hit returns to the stage, featuring The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody alongside many more terrific songs co-written by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.

Blood Brothers

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Oct 2020

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End; one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks & Ruthless Romans

Wed 28 – Sat 31 Oct 2020

We all want to meet people from history! The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and 3D special effects, these two amazing shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!

Groovy Greeks – From savage Sparta to angry Athens, discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play! Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus! Hold on tight as you gatecrash the Groovy Greeks!

Ruthless Romans – From the evil emperors to the gruesome gladiators, find out why there’s no place like Rome! Join Julius Caesar’s battle to be emperor, experience the terrible tactics of the Roman army, hold on tight for a terrifying journey back into Roman Britain with Queen Boudicca and prepare to meet sword-slaying Spartacus!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The acclaimed National Theatre production

Tue 03 – Sat 07 Nov 2020

Winner of the Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s international best-selling novel to life in a dazzling adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Company).

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

This theatrical phenomenon returns to Plymouth due to popular demand and is simply not to be missed.

Show of Hands: Now We Are Four

Firebrand Music

Sat 22 Nov 2020

Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit.

More information to come soon!

Rambert: Enter Achilles

Presented by Ballet Rambert and Sadler’s Wells
A work by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre)

Wed 25 – Fri 27 Nov 2020

One pub, eight blokes, a stacked jukebox and a load of pints. It was always going to kick off.

Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson (DV8) first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s reworking of this landmark physical-theatre production.

As pertinent now as it was when first staged in 1995, the production lifts the lid on “the straitjacket of what’s deemed to be masculine” (The Observer), examining the terrors and tenderness of beer-soaked testosterone.

“Violent, ugly, politically incorrect and hilarious” (The Australian) Enter Achilles toured 18 countries and was made into a TV film winning many accolades including an International Emmy and Prix Italia. It now returns to the stage with a new cast, selected by Newson, in his first-ever collaboration with another company, the world-renowned Rambert.

Age guidance: Strictly 15+ (contains depictions of violence, sex and drug use, adult themes, nudity, and strong language)

That'll Be The Day Christmas Special

Prestige Productions Ltd

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Nov 2020

Guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood, the That’ll Be The Day Christmas Special is back for two nights with a brand new production. It’s the complete rock n roll Christmas package.

More information to come soon!

School of Rock

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Laurence Connor

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Jul 2021

School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, award-winning West End show, come to Plymouth in 2021!

Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy!

While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.