May is a bumper month in Plymouth’s theatre land, with plenty of new plays alongside West End classics and the return of Plymouth Fringe Festival at the end of the month. Read on for our preview of what’s on stage…

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Endless featuring N:Dless – 20 April to 4 May

Enjoy this funny, ocassionally moving, coming of middle age music documentary for the stage – it’s not Spinal Tap, Top of the Pops of the Bros Documentary, but if you like those then you might like this.

Shen Yun – 2 to 4 May

Take a trip back to the magical world of ancient China, with breathtaking classical Chinese dance. Expect a unique blend of colour, high-tech backdrops and a live orchestra.

Annie – 6 to 11 May

Starring Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, this smash-hit production of the beloved musical comes to Plymouth direct from London’s West End.

National Theatre Connections 2019 – 7 to 11 May

This festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts, with ten new plays commissioned for young people to perform.

Cirque Beserk! – 14 to 19 May

Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular is back by popular demand – expect adrenaline filled stunts and acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, and daredevil stuntmen showcasing their skills.

Let Me Look At You – 14 to 18 May

A celebration of LGBTQ+ history, this hilarious and moving show blends solo theatre with stand-up to glorious effect.

The Verdict – 21 to 25 May

A powerful courtroom thriller, telling the story of a washed up veteran lawyer and alcoholic who is given one final case to redeem himself.

ARM – 21 to 25 May

Uncomplicated, excessive, surrealistic Belgian humour bursts with delightful absurdities and hilarious scenes.

That’ll Be The Day – Sunday 26 May

A celebration of the golden era of popular music! Enjoy live music performances as classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s are blended with hilarious comedy in this night of nostalgia.

Faulty Towers Dining Experience – 28 to 30 May

Take a seat in the Faulty Towers restaurant and be waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel in this fully immersive, highly improvised comedy dining experience. Only a third of the show is scripted, so anything can happen! Expect all the best gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s style 3-course meal.

Barbican Theatre

The View from Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis – 11 May

Escape escapism through this vivid, witty-wry opera about greed, aspiration and freedom. Expect a poetic, vivid and generous multimedia extravaganza.

Plymouth Pavilions

Peter Pan – Monday 6 May

Comedy legend Bobby Davro and star of CBBC's Tracy Beaker Dani Harmer return to Plymouth Pavilions with the 2019 Easter panto, Peter Pan.

Stiltskin at Soapbox Children’s Theatre

Caterpillar – 4 to 11 May

This original show will delight young audiences from 6 months to 8 years. Join two fun-loving caterpillars as they explore the big wide world.

Devonport Playhouse

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 30 April to 4 May

Plymouth Theatre Company present this much-loved classic musical, featuring everyone’s favourite songs including ‘Truly Scumptious’ and of course the title track ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

Plymouth Fringe Festival

Running from 27 May to 1 June, Plymouth Fringe Festival will include a programme packed full of world-class theatre, comedy, music and live performance.


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