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TRP's Behind The Curtain Newsletter August 22


School’s out, summer’s here and we can’t wait to welcome you through the doors at TRP. Our teams have been working hard to ensure we bring the best of theatre to our audiences here in Plymouth and we have some fantastic shows lined up for the rest of 2022 and 2023!

This August we are also celebrating the re-opening of our Front of House spaces to the public with a special gift for all our Members, see below! Our Café will be open every Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 2pm serving hot drinks, snacks, and food for you to enjoy.

A big thank you for being such a valued supporter of TRP and making all our amazing work possible. We look forward to welcoming you on your next trip to TRP.

Spotlight On… Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical Cast Announcement


Gareth Snook will play ‘Willy Wonka’ in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the new production of the West End and Broadway smash hit Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical.

The tour opens at Milton Keynes Theatre on 9 February 2023 following a Christmas season at Leeds Playhouse from 18 November 2022 – 28 January 2023, coming to Theatre Royal Plymouth from 07 – 17 June 2023.

Gareth Snook’s many West End theatre credits include Monsieur André in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and also the 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall, Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre, Sunset Boulevard and Made in Dagenham, both at the Adelphi Theatre, Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre, My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Assassins and Company at the Donmar Warehouse and Noel Coward theatre. He most recently appeared in Wise Children and Bagdad Café at the Old Vic.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical tells the devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectionary wizard Willy Wonka.

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s a chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets they’ve always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible and edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Featuring memorable songs from the iconic 1970s film including ‘The Candy Man’ and ‘Pure Imagination’ as well as a host of new numbers, this sensational musical is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses taking you to a world of pure imagination.

Tickets for this delicious sensation will be on sale very soon…

Read the full announcement here

Full Cast Announced For The UK, Ireland and Canada Tour of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical

Latest Show News

The producers of the world premiere production of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK & Ireland tour, setting sail from 01 September 2022 at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The production will also make its North American premiere, opening at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada on 27 November 2022 for a limited Christmas season, before returning to the UK in 2023.

Jason Langley will play record promoter Danny, Dan Buckley will play Rowan, Dakota Starr will play Ben, Pete Gallagher will play Wiggie, Hadrian Delacey will play Archie, Fia Houston-Hamilton will play Leah, Hazel Monaghan will play Sally, John O’Mahony will play Eddy, Louisa Beadel will play Morwenna, Becky Hurst will play Grace and James William-Pattison will play Owen, with musicians Hazel Askew, Mel Biggs, and Alfie Gidley with the band being lead by Musical Director James Findlay, and ensemble cast Hazel Simmons, Janet Mooney, Dominic Brewer and Martin Carroll.

They will be joining the previously announced James Gaddas as Jim, Parisa Shahmir as Alwyn, Robert Duncan as Jago, Susan Penhaligon as Maggie and Anton Stephans as Leadville.

Read the full announcement here!

Shane Richie to star in pantomime of your dreams this Christmas at Theatre Royal Plymouth

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TRP has announced that television, recording, musical theatre and pantomime star Shane Richie will lead the cast in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, as Muddles from Friday 16 December 2022. He will be joined by Matt Terry, Ceri Dupree, Peter Piper and Stephanie McKenzie this Christmas.

Shane Richie has been a regular fixture on prime-time television and known for
creating the role of the lovable Alfie Moon in BBC One’s EastEnders. In addition to his illustrious television career, Shane has many theatre credits to his name, including the London West End and Manchester production of Grease, Boogie Nights, A Perfect Murder, Not Dead Enough and most recently has played the roles of ‘Hugo’ and ‘Loco Chanelle’ in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie in the West End and on UK tour.

Shane says, “I am really looking forward to playing Muddles at The Theatre Royal
Plymouth this pantomime season. Sleeping Beauty is a great story with plenty of
opportunity for big laughs and slapstick jokes which will entertain the whole family.
Can’t wait to see you all there!”

Joining Shane as The Prince is Matt Terry, best-known for being crowned as the
winner of the 13th series of ITV’s The X Factor in 2016, faaaaaaaabulous panto dame and cabaret artist Ceri Dupree, much-loved panto comic Peter Piper and emerging musical theatre star Stephanie McKenzie will join the cast as Princess Beauty.

Read the full announcement here!

Competition Time!

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We’ve got a fantastic new competition exclusively for our Members! We are offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to our up-coming co-production HAPPY MEAL which is coming to TRP after it’s run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

‘”Gender is life tbh. It’s like time too I guess. It kinda doesn’t exist, but our world revolves around the expectations we put on it.”.

Join us for an online show irl. Travel back to the quaint days of dial up and MSN, where you’ll follow two strangers on their journeys to become who they always were.

A funny, moving and nostalgic story of transition. From teen to adult, From MySpace to TikTok, From cis to trans.’

To be in with a chance to win, submit your favourite photo of you visiting TRP by clicking here. Each submission will enter you into a draw to win a pair of tickets to HAPPY MEAL on Thursday 08 September.

TRP Stories

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Zach Lauder has been participating in Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Young Company
Hubs for almost two years and already has his sights on a career in the performing

Young Company Hubs works in partnership with five secondary schools across
Plymouth and Saltash to offer TRP’s youth theatre provision to young people that may not otherwise be able to access it. The programme is an extra-curricular opportunity for young people to find a love for theatre.

Zach remembers coming along to the first session, halfway through Year 7.

“At first, none of us knew each other so we were all a bit shy. As we got into it, we all
started becoming friends and even outside of the sessions we were hanging out.”
Young Company Hubs is often young people’s first involvement with theatre, allowing them to not only learn about the world of theatre, but to also build positive relationships with others and work on improving their confidence and self-esteem through engaging in these workshops.

“It’s a really strong atmosphere where everybody can be who they want to be, and it’s just a nice place to be. I like where we get to make scripts and put all of our effort into a piece of work that we can show.”

Every year, the Young Company perform three shows in The Drum. For the Spring
show Busting Heads in April 2022, some Young Company Hubs members were cast in the show, including Zach. It was the first time Zach had performed in the theatre.

“Busting Heads was really fun. When we were rehearsing, we thought it went really
quickly and we needed more time, but the shows went really well. They were
challenging at times, but we did it.”

Zach is grateful for the opportunities being part of the Young Company has given him.

“I’ve done Hubs for almost two years now and I’ve been able to perform at the theatre because of it. I’ve been to watch shows at the theatre because of it and there was also The Hatchling that we were involved in last year.”

When asked about his future career goals, Zach said: “Hubs has helped me
understand that no matter what I’m going to do, if I put my mind to it, I can do it. It’s
moved me more towards jobs in drama, arts and music.”

Read the full story here.

What’s on this month

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Gangsta Granny – Live on Stage! The Lyric, 09 – 13 August

The Legend Of White Bear Lake, The Drum, 13 – 14 August

Singin’ In The Rain, The Lyric, 15 – 20 August

Angry Salmon, The Drum, 20 – 21 August

The Parent Show, The Drum 25 – 27 August

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, The Lyric 01 – 10 September


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