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Programme 2017 (4)
4 Aug 2017

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*Asterisked titles (if any) indicate that they were also in the previous programme.


Tue 3 Oct, 7.30pm             * ‘Hedda Gabler’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to Plymouth. This vital new version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) is directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge), who made his National Theatre debut with this acclaimed new production.

Stalls £36       Club deadline Sep 4

Thu 26 Oct, 2.00pm          * Birmingham Royal Ballet present ‘Aladdin’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Step onto our magic carpet and soar into the fantastical world of David Bintley’s Aladdin, with live music by BAFTA award-winning Carl Davis and vibrant designs from Dick Bird. The classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with a magic lamp is brought life in this glittering production, featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects and beautiful choreography. Magic abounds when the Djinn of the Lamp appears, from a cave of dancing jewels to a larger than life Chinese lion. As our hero finds out, you can even become a
prince overnight! With live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Aladdin is a dazzling spectacle the whole family will enjoy.

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £31.50             Club deadline Sep 4


Tue 21 Nov, 7.30pm              ‘Private Lives’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth   (date corrected from 2 Nov)
London Classic Theatre present a major new touring production of Noël Coward’s sparkling comedy.
In Private Lives, strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes.
1930. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda.
Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences.
Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Extraordinarily written in only three days, Private Lives opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses. Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.

Stalls seats £31             Club deadline Oct 19

Thu 23 Nov, 7.30pm             Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Smooth Classics’ at the Great Hall, Exeter
Victor Aviat CONDUCTOR
Anna Pyne, Eluned Pierce Flute & Harp      Edward Kay, Kevin Banks Oboe & Clarinet
Four sublime adagios from concertos by Albinoni, Mozart and Rodrigo crown a concert featuring some of the most beautiful and relaxing classical music ever written.
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Debussy: Clair de Lune, Faure Pavane, Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto (andantino), Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, Mendelssohn: Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (adagio) (harp). Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (adagio), Dvorák: Symphony No.9 'New World' (largo), Albinoni: Oboe Concerto No.2 (adagio), Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves, Beethoven: Symphony No.6 'Pastoral' (adagio)

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £33.50 / £45            Club deadline Oct 19

Tue 28 Nov, 7.15pm           * Glyndebourne perform ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
A cheeky double dare results in false pretenses and true love in Mozart’s dark comedy.
Would you place a bet on your partner’s faithfulness? And would you disguise yourself to test it? That’s exactly what Ferrando and Guglielmo do, and the surprising results are spelled out in the opera’s title: Così fan tutte (‘Women Are Like That’).
As the innocent trick veers off-course, boisterous hijinks ensue, souls are searched, and true love is born – at some cost. Chock full of sublime Mozartean melodies and dazzling singing, Così fan tutte is the third and last of the brilliant operas Mozart wrote with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (alongside Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni).
It has been described as ‘a glorious soap-bubble’, ‘a deep and unsettling masterpiece’, ‘a musical lark’, and ‘a profound and terrifying tragicomedy’. All these qualities and more shine through in this gorgeous period production by Nicholas Hytner, former longtime director of the National Theatre.
Creative team: Conductor Leo McFall, Director Nicholas Hytner, The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra and The Glyndebourne Chorus
Cast includes: Ferrando: Bogdan Volkov, Guglielmo: Ilya Kutyukin, Don Alfonso: José Fardilha, Fiordiligi: Kirsten MacKinnon, Dorabella: Rachel Kelly, Despina: Ana Quintans

Stalls and upper circle seats (specify which) £55 / £37           Club deadline Oct 2


Thu 7 Dec, 2.30pm            * ‘Nativity! The Musical’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
A Birmingham Repertory Theatre production presented in association with Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One Films, Ramin Sabi and Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Your favourite festive film is now a major new musical! Adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films, Nativity! The Musical is the perfect seasonal comedy for all the family.
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette's School they're attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy,
hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone's Christmas wish come true.
Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, Nativity! The Musical features all of the favourite sing-a-Iong hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She's the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas!
Written and directed by Debbie Isitt

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £40.50       Club deadline Oct 10

January 2018           

Fri 26 Jan, 7.30pm            Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform ‘Triumph and Passion’ at the Great Hall, Exeter
Mikhail Tatarnikov CONDUCTOR      Boris Giltburg Piano
Khachaturian -Adagio from Spartacus, Shostakovich -Piano Concerto No.2, Tchaikovsky -Symphony No.5
Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto stands miles apart from many of his other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. It is a gloriously free, wistful creation – an unrestrained delight from start to finish, particularly in the famous, soulful and heart-rending adagio, which guarantees the whole work’s enduring popularity – either side of which are two vivacious movements, both full of style and an overwhelming sense of fun. After a shaky start, the Fifth Symphony soon became recognised for the masterpiece it undoubtedly is.
Tchaikovsky wrote that its subject was ‘Providence’.
More specifically it is a journey from darkness and despair into light and triumph, accomplished partly by the musical character of the individual movements, and partly through a recurring "motto" theme, which appears in a different guise throughout. Khachaturian’s sensual Adagio marks the moment in the ballet when Spartacus can enjoy a moment of peace and celebration from persecution by the Romans. More beautiful melodies make this perennial favourite one of the best love themes ever written

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £33.50 / £45              Club deadline Dec 18

February 2018          

Thu 1 Feb, 2.30pm            Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return to the Theatre Royal Plymouth with one of their most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets, which won an Olivier Award for his original designs, and lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin, Cinderella will be performed in Surround Sound, designed by Paul Groothuis and featuring a specially commissioned recording played by a 60 piece orchestra. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.
A dazzling spectacle -The Times

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £38       Club deadline Sep 11

Wed 7 Feb, 7.00pm            Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Hamlet’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder…
The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on national tour in 2018.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed?
Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill?
Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, rising star Paapa Essiedu plays the title role in a riveting and contemporary take on Hamlet.

Stalls seats £34       Club deadline Dec 4

Fri 23 Feb, 7.30pm             Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra present ‘Elgar’s Cello Eulogy’ at the Guildhall, Plymouth
Christoph König CONDUCTOR         Leonard Elschenbroich Cello
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll, Elgar - Cello Concerto, Dvorák -Symphony No.9 'New World'
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is delighted to return to Plymouth Guildhall for a programme of some of the most famous classical music in the repertoire.
With its realisation of love and affection, the Siegfried Idyll shows a side of Wagner rarely seen in his operas.
Absent is the wild passion; rather, it is a gentle song of contentment and a most personal and intimate
expression of Wagner’s feelings while still calling to mind his heroic alter-ego.
Written in the summer of 1919, the Cello Concerto represented, for Elgar, the angst, despair and disillusionment he felt after the Great War, and an introspective look at death and mortality. It signified Elgar’s farewell to the way of life as he had known it. “Everything good and nice and clean and fresh and sweet is far away – never to return” he wrote.
Remaining incredibly fresh and abounding with memorable melodies, the Ninth Symphony describes Dvorák’s spiritual and emotional journey from his intense longing for his beloved Bohemia to the thrill of the “New World” and its varied peoples.

Stalls and gallery seats (specify which) £26.50       Club deadline Jan 20

March 2018

Thu 15 Mar, 2.30pm           ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones, who received standing ovations every night when performing the role at the London Coliseum as Norma Desmond, comes to the Theatre Royal Plymouth for 1 week only.
One of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, with Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s wonderful book and lyrics.
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world.
Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.
With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) performed with full orchestra, this “MAJESTIC, MESMERIZING AND TEASINGLY SEDUCTIVE!” (The Evening Standard) production promises to be a spectacular evening.

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £46       Club deadline Nov 3

December 2018       

Mon 10 Dec, 7.30pm          * ‘Matilda-The Musical’ at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, Book: Dennis Kelly, Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty ...
Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London, on tour around Australia and in North America. Matilda will visit Auckland, New Zealand for a strictly limited season from August 2017 and will commence its first UK & Ireland Tour in March 2018.

Stalls and circle seats (specify which) £58             Club deadline Oct 6, 2017
(please date cheque 5 Oct, 2017)
All above prices include seat ticket, coach travel and driver tip

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