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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

REVIEW: Robinson Crusoe at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Thanks to the National Lottery, producer Michael Harrison & QDOS and the Sun Saver free tickets scheme it was with some excitement and anticipation we travelled down to Plymouth in Devon to see our first Christmas Pantomime of the reduced season and a rarely seen title of Robinson Crusoe. How appropriate to go in search of Crusoe in a city associated with Alexander Selkirk, the 18th century shipwrecked survivor on whom Daniel Defoe based his famous story and to stand on Plymouth Hoe on a windy December evening before the show gazing out at the ocean. However, that was as close to the original story that we got as this stripped back production borrows the title only to link a series of familiar routines in a music hall style show, but at least it was live theatre and for that we must be thankful.

The Theatre Royal has a wonderful modern spacious 1300 seat auditorium but, on this occasion, the ultra-cautious management can only make available every other row and leave two empty seats between each group in the filled rows. It inevitably mutes the atmosphere. They also dispense with all bar and café sales and programme and merchandising sales therefore taking no ancillary income and are careful to release the audience at the end on a row-by-row basis. There is no interval either in the 80-minute show to avoid queues at the toilets (which are open). It is a very safe feeling environment for the face covered audience.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Cast announced for ANOTHER PLACE at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Leah Brotherhead, Anna Elijasz, Rob Heaps and Robert Lonsdale will form the cast of the world premiere of DC Moore’s new play Another Place, produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth and previewing in The Drum from 6 November 2014.

Following his critically acclaimed The Empire at the Royal Court Theatre (a Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production), andThe Swan at the National Theatre, DC Moore’s Another Place is a compelling play about our obsession to uncover the secrets of space, and the tragedy of what we leave behind. Full of dark humour, razor-sharp wit and intricately portrayed characters, this is a gripping play about what it means to be human. Directed by Jo McInnes.
When Earth is the loneliest planet, where else is there to go?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Simon Stokes announces 2014/15 programme for Theatre Royal Plymouth

Artistic Director Simon Stokes announces his 2014/15 programme, packed with the risk-taking writers, international collaborations and the adventurous outlook that has seen him transform Theatre Royal Plymouth into one of the most innovative and exciting theatres in Britain today.

Stokes, who is currently directing Simon Callow in Juvenalia at the Edinburgh Festival, will direct Carl Grose’s critically acclaimed Grand Guignol in Plymouth and London while in Plymouth, two new commissions Another Place by DC Moore and After Electra by April de Angelis, will be premiered. 

The season also includes the première of James Graham’s The Angry Brigadeco-produced with Paines Plough, Sirens co-produced with Ontroerend Goed, Vooruit and Richard Jordan Productions and Small War with Valentin Dhaenens,co-produced with SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions.
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