Productions & Co-Productions

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. We produce and present a broad range of theatre in our three distinctive performance spaces – The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab – including classic and contemporary drama, musicals, opera, ballet and dance. We specialise in the production of new plays and have built a national reputation for the quality and innovation of our programme.

 

The Here And This And Now

Produced by
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Glenn Waldron

 

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes. But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling? Change is swiftly coming and they are asking all the wrong questions…

Directed by Simon Stokes, science and civilisation collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play. Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

Playing in repertoire with The War Has Not Yet Started.

Glenn Waldron in another life, the feted editor of i-D magazine, has now written two plays for TRP. His previous play, Natives was also at Southwark Playhouse.

Simon Stokes is Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Plymouth. He was an Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in the 70’s and 80’s subsequently directing in the West End, across the UK, in Europe and in America. Since he has been at Plymouth the Theatre has won, or been nominated for, over 30 major awards for producing new plays.

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Performances

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 09 > Saturday 25 March 2017

Southwark Playhouse
Wednesday 10 January > Saturday 10 February 2018


The War Has Not Yet Started

Produced by
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Mikhail Durnenkov

 

In twelve twisted parables for the modern age, Durnenkov taps into the fears and strangeness of our daily lives – sexual gamesmanship, what to do with ageing parents, those lying politicians, tensions at the airport, those lying journalists, infidelity and the absurdity implant.

Playing in repertoire with The Here and This and Now.

Mikhail Durnenkov is a major stage, screen and television talent based in Moscow, his incisive eye often piercing the malaise of Russian society. His play, The Drunks, written with his brother, was produced by the RSC in 2009.

A funny, eye-opening & often surreal dark comedy about everyday people fighting everyday wars, The War Has Not Yet Started is to be directed by Gordon Anderson, an award-winning television and theatre director. He was Artistic Director of ATC from 2001 to 2006, co-founded the League of Gentlemen comedy group, and directed many celebrated comedy series including Lovesick, The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat, Shameless, The Catherine Tate Show, Rotters, and Hoff the Record, starring David Hasselhoff

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Performances

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 12 > Saturday 28 May 2016

Southwark Playhouse
Wednesday 17 January > Saturday 10 February 2018


Napoleon Disrobed 

By Told by an Idiot 

Produced by Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre

One of the UK’s most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Using their trademark comic physicality Told by an Idiot discover the absurdity of trying to retrieve time, and glory. An irreverent and hugely playful show exploring what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom; to transition from one identity to another, and to lose public face.

Following their collaboration on the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (‘there’s nothing quite like it… wild and funny with a serious core’ ★★★★ The Times) Told by an Idiot Artistic Director Paul Hunter will take the role of Napoleon under the direction of award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter.

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Theatre Royal Plymouth
25th Jan > 10 Feb 2018

Arcola Theatre, London
14th Feb > 10th March 2018


Clockwork Canaries

Produced by
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Christopher William Hill

 

It is an ill-omened day when Tatiana Dressler pulls a drowning cat from the surging waters of the River Schwartz.

Tatiana’s father, a struggling inventor, has designs on the unfortunate feline, naming the cat Count Frederick Sebastian and setting to work on an ingenious contraption to humanise the creature. The cat is of a murderous disposition, developing a taste for a neighbour’s prized canaries – but canary slaughter is not the only suspicious activity being investigated at the Dressler residence. Death-fixated Tatiana fears the worst is just around the corner.

Full of sinister secrets, improbable inventions and murderous mayhem, this blood-thirsty comedy comes from the author of the UK Theatre Award-winning Mister Holgado.

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Performances

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 22 February > Saturday 10 March 2018


49 Donkeys Hanged

Produced by
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by
Carl Grose

 

There’s summin strange goin’ up down Bosanko Farm…

Stanley Bray is hanging donkeys. This is odd behaviour. Even for Ventongimps.

He can’t stop his bizarre addiction until he understands why. Until then, he must keep his house-bound wife Joy in the dark, and prying villagers off his land. Easier said than done when Slaughterhouse Sally comes calling, Grizzler’s pasties in hand, determined to let bygones be bygones…

But when Bray discovers the reason behind his actions lie with a playwright called Carl Grose, things take a very strange turn indeed…

A dark, surreal new comedy from the writer of Grand Guignol and Horse Piss For Blood.

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Performances

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 22 March > Saturday 07 April 2018