One Under

Produced by
Graeae and Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Winsome Pinnock


An evocative play about the power of guilt and the quest for atonement, award-winning playwright Winsome Pinnock (Rockets and Blue Lights) and Graeae’s associate director Amit Sharma (The Solid Life of Sugar Water, Cosmic Scallies) join forces to explore the fragility of human relationships in this reimagining of One Under.

When a young man jumps in front of a train Cyrus is driving, the mysterious circumstances prompt him to search for answers. In pursuing the truth of Sonny’s final hours, Cyrus is led to laundrette worker Christine, as the past begins to catch up with people whose lives are changed forever.

Graeae are world-renowned for placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre-stage. All performances of One Under will feature creative captioning and audio description.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 17th - Saturday 26th October 2019

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Produced by
Told By An Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth
with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Unity Theatre Liverpool

Written and Devised by
Told by an Idiot


In 1910, the unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail for New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. On this journey, Charlie and Stan shared a cabin and then spent two years together touring North America, with Stan as Charlie’s understudy. Stan returned home, later finding success with his soulmate Oliver Hardy. Charlie developed his Little Tramp character and within five years became one of the most famous figures in the world.

In Charlie Chaplin’s highly detailed autobiography, Stan Laurel is never mentioned.

Stan talked about Charlie all his life.

Playing fast and loose with the facts and with an original piano score composed by Mercury Award Nominee Zoe Rahman—played live by an on-stage pianist—The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel is no nostalgic bio-drama, but a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

The events in this play are fictional. This play is certainly not endorsed by the estates of Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, or anyone else for that matter!

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Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 14th - Saturday 30th November 2019

I think we are alone

Produced by
Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Sally Abbot

Frantic Assembly are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and are returning to Plymouth with a brand new production, I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.

From those electric moments of discovery and connection to the dark hours of isolation, we all seek connection and resolution. But sometimes what connects us is what we need to escape from.

I Think We Are Alone is a delicate and uplifting play about our fragility, resilience and our need for love and forgiveness.



Theatre Royal Plymouth
Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th February 2020


Produced by
Actors Touring Company, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Orange Tree Theatre

Written by
Maya Ara Yasur
translated by Eran Edry

Everyone knows, all of them…that when all’s said and done, she is no more than a fig leaf hiding the thing everyone else would be much happier never having to look at.

An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant.

One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.

Slid her an envelope right under the door and then just walked away.

It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.

The UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller.

Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide.

This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. He was previously Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He won the Genesis Future Director award with his production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic, where he also directed Blue/Orange.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 27th February - Saturday 14th March 2020

This Land

Produced by
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Directed by
Alan Lane

Performed by citizens of Plymouth UK and members of the Wampanoag tribe from Massachusetts USA, with text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman.

This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now.

In June 2020, join us for the major new work of international, community theatre as we wrestle with the complex history surrounding the voyage of The Mayflower and the impact of its arrival on the shores of Massachusetts.

Directed by Alan Lane and produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth
Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th June 2020