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“Quality of productions great, seating and leg space very cramped.”

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Ranked #6 of 172 things to do in Plymouth
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Owner description: 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. There are two distinctive performance spaces; The Lyric and The Drum, and a new workshop and performance space, The Lab, will open in October 2013.The range of work presented and produced is incredibly extensive, including regular collaborations with leading theatre companies in the UK and beyond. The programme includes major touring drama, musical productions, leading opera and dance. The Theatre Royal Plymouth also produces and presents new plays and has built a national reputation for the quality of its programme and innovative work in The Drum, winning the prestigious Peter Brook award. New musicals and larger scale drama are co-produced for The Lyric, often with commercial or subsidised partners and many productions tour nationally or transfer to the West End. The Theatre Royal Plymouth provides an exceptional Creative Learning programme with a focus on engaging young and disadvantaged communities. The award-winning theatre production and learning centre, TR2, contains unrivalled set, costume, prop-making and rehearsal facilities.
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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“Quality of productions great, seating and leg space very cramped.”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

Quality of productions great, seating and leg space very cramped. Enjoyed one man two guvnors, about to see vagina monologues on Sat and next year La Traviata.

Visited August 2011
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“Backstage Tour & Lunch Package”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

If you can do not miss this great package offered by the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
The tour starts at 11am and last approx an hour visiting 'behind the scenes' the dressing rooms, corridors, stage, orchestra pit, scenery stores, wardrobe/costume production and more depending on production schedule, all conducted by knowledgeable guides who are both extremely helpful if extra assistance is needed.
Post tour lunch is taken in the Theatre Royal's Restaurant with a choice of one course from the main menu or even better value The Days Special which included a main course, a dessert and coffee to follow. Tour & Lunch £9.50 per person.....superb value

Visited October 2011
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed November 8, 2011

A good central location. Comfortable seating and a great ambience. Also gets top London productions!

Visited October 2011
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“Not big enough but not small. Often very good stuff on.”
Reviewed February 20, 2011

Opened in 1982 and built as a municipal theatre for Plymouth City Council with cash that had lurked in some contingency fund for decades. The project was widely supported by the public but the plans had to be scaled down considerably because the cash couldn't go as far as had been hoped. Nonetheless a modern well equipped adjustable auditorium was built with a ceiling that can be lowered to remove the upper circle to produce a more intimate space or feel less empty for esoteric and less popular performances. There have been numerous visits from the Royal Shakespeare Company and national ballet companies as well as renown jazz performers and stand up comedians. Many very successful plays and musicals have started in Plymouth before moving on to long runs in the West End. There is also a popular and well used versatile studio theatre tacked on the western side. About a decade ago TR2, the rehearsal rooms and other workshops opened at nearby Cattedown which has added to the strength of the Theatre Royal as a producing house. The main theatre building is now looking a bit dated, the restaurant is nothing exciting, telephone booking can be heavy going, the bars are a bit of a crush and bland spaces but often have art or photography exhibitions. Ticket prices are on the high side for somewhere in the sticks but there is no competition. The place as a whole seems to work quite well but how it will weather the credit crunch remains to be seen.

Visited February 2011
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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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“Very good theatre, and great discounts for under 26s”
Reviewed February 15, 2011

This is a good theatre showing top class professional productions in the main theatre as well as smaller productions (which sometimes are equally as good, if not better) in it's Drum Theatre. Shows range from Musicals to plays to the traditional Christmas Pantomime, and are usually excellent. Ticket prices are a little steep in the best seats for the more expensive shows (up to around £45) but I suppose this is no more than you'd pay in London, and there are always cheaper seats available. One big plus for the cinema is that it runs the ANLO scheme - offering a limited number of free tickets for under 26s on a Thursday night, and £5 tickets on a Friday, which I have taken advantage of several times. Overall an excellent way to spend an evening in Plymouth!

Visited November 2010
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