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What’s on during the summer holidays at Theatre Royal Plymouth

The summer holidays are just around the corner and Theatre Royal Plymouth have got a whole host of shows and workshops for all the family. From musicals to comedies, and workshops to cater for all ages between 7 – 16, there is something for everyone.

Tickets and workshops are available to book online on the TRP website now. Here’s what they have coming up:

Dreamgirls (11+), The Lyric, 

26 July – 06 August,

Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning Dreamgirls at Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2022! 

Direct from the West End with an extraordinary story and the unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals that send audiences wild, this spectacular musical production features the classic songs And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, Listen, I Am Changing and One Night Only.

Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business, testing their friendships to the very limit.  

Tickets on sale here.

Gangsta Granny (5+), The Lyric, 

09 – 13 August,

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! 

There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Tickets on sale here.

The Legend Of White Bear Lake, The Drum,

13 – 14 August

A new haunting musical inspired by a Native American legend from Minnesota. Dark and atmospheric, The Legend of White Bear Lake draws you into the mysteries of a land inhabited with humans, animals, spirits and old legends.

Two teenagers from rival tribes fall in love and must fight to keep their relationship a secret, rowing to the middle of the lake each night to meet each other. The legend of the white bear is passed down to each generation and warns that the two tribes must not mix or a giant bear will wake from his slumber and attack the tribes. When the secret relationship is discovered, a battle breaks out. One night when the lake is frozen over, the bear appears and viciously attacks the young lovers. The tribes must decide if they can come together to defeat the mysterious white bear.

Featuring exceptional talent of musical theatre stars of tomorrow, this fascinating and heart-rending new show reveal an ethereal score, breath-taking movement to bring the legend to life.

Tickets on sale here.

Singin’ In The Rain, The Lyric,

15 – 20 August,

A smash-hit at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End, Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain is back to make a splash in 2022. 

Leading this glorious production are Sam Lips as Don Lockwood alongside Charlotte 

Gooch, Ross McLaren and Jenny Gayner in Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain, making a splash in Plymouth this August!

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20’s. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the 

most beautiful actress in town. What Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever.

High-energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best- loved films. Singin’ in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

Don’t save it for a rainy day, book your tickets now!

Tickets on sale here.

Angry Salmon,  The Drum, 

20 – 21 August, The Drum

Inspired by true stories, this funny and imaginative new musical is ‘The Little Mermaid’ meets ‘Family Guy’, bubbling with humour, filled with big characters, adventurous songs, inventive jumping between land and sea and with an important message behind about taking care of our planet. It reveals the story of salmon that are escaping from salmon farms in their masses. Ill-fit for life back in the wild, they are unable to find food, unable to migrate efficiently, and unable to care for their fellow salmon. And the salmon are angry.

In a big, cartoonish underwater world, the show follows the inhabitants of a thriving fish-farm, and the Di-Carprio’s – a family of salmon, who dream of life ‘upstream’. Leo (the eldest daughter), sick of life stuck inside the tanks, galvanizes the clan of salmon, and initiates a mass escape through a crack in the borders. Suddenly, they find themselves in the deep blue sea, with one aim: find their fellow salmon.

Brought to life by showstopper director Ali James and Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Jordan Clarke.

Tickets on sale here.

Fisherman’s Friends (7+), The Lyric, 01 – 10 September

The true story of the Cornish chart topping buoy band

Based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish singing sensations and their hit 2019 movie, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feel-good voyage about friendship, community and music which smashed box office records in Cornwall.

When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected the story to end on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.  They are spotted by a fish-out-of-water music manager on a trip from London, who must learn that there is more to life than selling your sole for fifteen minutes of fame.

A star cast includes James Gaddas, (Coronation Street, Billy Elliot the Musical), Parisa Shahmir (Mamma Mia!), Robert Duncan (Drop the Dead Donkey), Anton Stephans (The X Factor) and Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire).

So, climb aboard, find your sea legs and allow yourself to fall for this critically acclaimed musical – hook, line and sinker!

Tickets on sale here.

Want to be more hands-on in one of TRP’s workshops? They have great opportunities to get involved with:

Musical Theatre Academy (11 – 16 year olds), 01 – 05 August, 10am – 4pm @ Production and Learning Centre, TR2.

£120 for the week, tickets on sale here.

Explore a range of musicals while learning essential vocal and acting techniques. Experience putting movement to song, before performing to an invited audience at the end of the intensive week.

Play in a Week (7 – 11 year olds), 08 – 12 August, 10am – 3pm @ Production and Learning Centre, TR2.

£100 for the week, tickets on sale here.

Please note, participants should be able to attend all five days. There will be a showback on the Friday at 2.30pm for friends and family.

Devise your own original piece of theatre to perform at the end of the week.

All abilities welcome and no experience necessary.

Fit & Fed Masterclass 

15 – 19 August, 10am – 4pm

Please note, this summer programme is only available for young people in receipt of free school meals, Looked After Children, Children with Education, Health Care Plans, Foster Children, Young Carers, children of recognised refugees and children from asylum seeking families.

Join Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Summer activity this year as part of the Fit & Fed programme.

Each day we’ll explore different theatre skills with some of the best theatre  professionals around, including puppetry, stage combat, creating a Play in a Day and much more.

The programme is for young people in receipt of free school meals and Looked After Children, Children with Education, Health Care Plans, Foster Children, Young Carers, children of recognised refugees and children from asylum seeking families.

You can see the breakdown of activities here. To sign up, please fill in the application form on the TRP Website.

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