Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth
The Theatre Royal Plymouth is situated on Royal Parade in the heart of the coastal town of Plymouth, and is accessible via Plymouth railway station. This 1315 seat building was built by the Peter Moro Partnership in 1979 and was officially opened on 5 May 1982 by Princess Margaret.
The current Theatre Royal Plymouth is not the first venue to be so called. Built between 1811 and 1813, the original Theatre Royal was designed by John Foulston after he won a competition held by Plymouth Corporation.
During the 1820s and 1830s epidemics of cholera and smallpox and anti-government hostility from increasing groups led to a decline in support of the theatre and the building gained the nickname “The Theatre of Splendid Misery.”
In 1878 a fire destroyed much of the interior of the building. Rapid rebuilding enabled the repaired theatre to reopen in 1879. As the popularity of cinema skyrocketed during the early 20th century, theatre attendances dwindled. The old Theatre Royal Plymouth was demolished during the 1930s and replaced by the 2,400-seat Royal Cinema, which continues to operate as the Reel Plymouth.
Constructed on a different site from its namesake and predecessor, today’s 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 Theatre Royal and the Drum Theatre as well as TR2, an award-winning theatre production and education centre containing unrivalled set, costume, prop-making and rehearsal facilities.
The range of work presented and produced on the Theatre Royal stage is incredibly extensive and includes major touring drama and musical productions as well as welcoming leading opera and dance companies to the South West. The Theatre Royal also produces its own drama and musical productions each year, often with commercial or subsidised partners and many tour nationally or transfer to the West End.
Whatever you decide to see at the Theatre Royal Plymouth we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
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