Theatre Royal Plymouth’s reputation as the leading producing house in the South West continues to grow, delivering nationally and internationally recognised new work from influential theatre voices in the UK and around the world.
Closer to home, TRP actively supports and collaborates with Plymouth and South West artists, offering opportunities for established, up and coming and emerging theatre makers from across the region.
TRP’s producing is overseen by Adrian Vinken OBE, Chief Executive, who leads on The Lyric programming. Adrian is joined by Artistic Associate David Prescott, who programmes The Drum, TRP’s award-winning space for new writing and Ben Lyon-Ross, TRP’s Talent Development Producer who leads on programming The Lab, the theatre’s experimental performance space.
This Land a major new work of international community theatre performed by citizens of Plymouth and members of the Wampanoag tribe from Massachusetts USA, directed by Alan Lane, text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman. Performed as part of Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme for 2020 (June 2020).
One Under by award-winning playwright Winsome Pinnock, in collaboration with Graeae Theatre Company, directed by Amit Sharma (October 2019).
CITIZEN a living breathing portrait of Plymouth devised by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s People’s Company, directed by Lucy Hirst (July 2019).
Lucy also directs Influence, a Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company production, written by Andy McGregor (August 2019).
The world premiere of I Think We Are Alone a new co-production with Frantic Assembly and Curve. Written by Sally Abbott and co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham (January 2020).
The UK premiere of Amsterdam, a new co-production with ATC and Orange Tree. Written by award-winning Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur and directed by Matthew Xia (February 2020).
Are we not drawn onward to new erA co-produced with Ontroerend Goed, playing Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.
2000 Stories: Now I Can Speak by Plymouth based performance company Beyond Face, directed by Alix Harris, supported by TRP (June 2019).
The world premiere of The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, a Theatre Royal Plymouth and Told by an Idiot production with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool, created by Told by an Idiot, written and directed by Paul Hunter with additional material by members of the Company. Cast includes Amalia Vitale as Charlie Chaplin, with music played live on stage composed by MOBO Award winner Zoe Rahman (November 2019, ahead of a tour).
The Ladder in association with Shôn Dale Jones/Hoipolloi (September 2019).
Funky Llama Festival, TRP’s all-inclusive flagship festival showcasing the talent of local and national disabled and non-disabled artists (June 2019).
Unsung by Valentijn Dhaenens with Big In Belgium and Richard Jordan (September 2019).
Platform, a brand new event showcasing four new shows made by TRP Lab Associates Chris White, The Narwhal Ensemble, Jane Spurr, and Beyond Face. TRP’s Lab Associate scheme offers South West artists a year long attachment to TRP (August 2019).
In The Lab, TRP’s experimental studio space, new work from local artists Ruth Mitchell, Colin Davey, Alexander Rhodes, and RunRagged, TRP’s Lab Company. The Lab Company supports the development of Early Career Artists based in the South West (July 2019).