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A busy 2005 at The Theatre Royal
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Nigel Havers will star in Rebecca
Get a sneak preview of the shows and plays that are coming to the Theatre Royal Plymouth during 2005.
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A whole variety of drama is on offer in the New Year at The Theatre Royal Plymouth.

An adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's classic masterpiece Rebecca will debut in Plymouth prior to London and New York. Tony Award winning writer Frank McGuinness presents a spellbinding new stage version of Du Maurier's great thriller which stars Nigel Havers as Maxim De Winter.

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Shows to get your teeth into!

In April, the Theatre Royal hosts the world premiere of Dracula. Bram Stoker's novel of sexual repression and Gothic terror is legendary and this modern adaptation by award winning writer Bryony Lavery promises to scare you witless, entertain and enthral you with spectacle, sound and breathtaking magic.

The Gentle Hook sees the reunion of one of television's most popular cop partnerships - Burnside and Roach from The Bill - on stage together for the first time.

This stylish new production, written by one of the world's most popular thriller writers, Francis Durbridge, features an all star cast with Chris Ellison (The Bill), George Sewell, Deborah Grant (Bergerac), Gareth Hunt (The New Advengers) and Tony Scannell (The Bill).

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Arsenic and Old Lace

From the producers of The Shell Seekers and the director of The Woman In Black comes a brand new production of the classic screwball comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Starring Angela Thorne (To the Manor Born), Brigit Forsyth (Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads) and Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who), Arsenic and Old Lace is one of the most hilarious and enduring thrillers ever to have been written.

The highly entertaining The Lady in the Van presents one of Britain's best loved and award winning actresses, Susan Hampshire, in the role of one of drama's most extraordinary characters.

When a decrepit Bedford van grinds to a halt opposite Alan Bennett's house, little does the writer suspect that its next parking place will be his own garden…where its evil-smelling occupant is to remain for a further fifteen years! Alan Bennett's vivid observations of this hilarious situation create a wonderfully funny play.

In April, the Theatre Royal is very pleased to welcome The Young Vic Theatre Company who perform A Raisin In The Sun, the greatest play of the African American experience.

When the play arrived on Broadway in 1959 it won the New York Critic's Circle Award and transformed the theatre in the USA. The Young Vic's 2001 hugely successful production was the first time it had been seen in the UK for 15 years.

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Look for the Bear Necessities in 2005

Three classic children's stories will be brought to life on stage. The Railway Children, The Jungle Book and The Witches are guaranteed to enthral children and adults alike.

In addition, two of Britain's brightest theatre companies, Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic translate an award winning, wordless story from the page to the stage with an adaptation of Quentin's Blake's Clown.

The new spring programme also features some classic musicals including direct from a sell out West End season, Cole Porter's High Society.

Adapted from one of Hollywood's best loved movies and featuring 15 of Cole Porter's greatest songs including 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', ' Swell Party' and 'Just One of Those Things', this production has been nominated for two Olivier Awards including Outstanding Musical Production.

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Get ready to groove on 80s style with David Essex and the gang!

Get ready to boogie again when Boogie Nights 2 arrives at the Theatre Royal in February. Starring David Essex, Sophie Lawrence and Scott Robinson, Boogie Nights 2 is everything about the 80s that you loved…and that you loved to hate!

Paul Nicholas also makes a welcome return to Plymouth in Jekyll and Hyde, a true musical theatre phenomenon which attracted legions of loyal fans even before the show began its smash hit record breaking Broadway run. Since then it has been a major worldwide hit and now finally it has arrived for its UK Premiere and pre-West End tour.

Ballet fans will not be disappointed with dance highlights this spring including Birmingham Royal Ballet's beautiful production of Romeo and Juliet and an exhilarating triple bill with plenty of flair and finesse.

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The dazzling Highland Fling

Matthew Bourne also returns to Plymouth with his trademark wit, sparkle and humour in his dazzling new production of Highland Fling - a gossamer, gothic fable of winged fairies and kilted ladies.

The Theatre Royal continues to work with some of the most exciting theatre companies in the UK with the co productions in the Drum Theatre in the spring season being no exception. In February, The Drum Theatre and Paines Plough team up to produce a startling new drama by Philip Ridley Mercury Fur. Oozing with dark, disturbing theatricality, Mercury Fur marks Ridley's return to provocative and compelling territory.

In May, Stoning Mary sees the first collaboration between the Drum Theatre and the internationally renowned Royal Court Theatre. Written by Debbie Tucker Green who won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004, Stoning Mary will question issues faced by society today.

Theatre Alibi presents Close To Home in the new season. Nationally renowned for recent productions of One in a Million, Shelf Life, Little White lies and The Swell, Theatre Alibi create a compelling production with heart-stopping music, powerful physical performance and a Muppet!

Told By An Idiot presents I'm A Fool To Want You in March. Based on the life and work of French cult novelist Boris Vian, I'm A Fool To Want You is a unique theatre experience, fusing live jazz, improvisation and a new dance craze where the world literally turns upside down.

The new season also sees the return of The Theatre Royal Young Company to the Drum Theatre in the new season to present Just, a fast and rollicking satire on contemporary justice, injustice, sanity and insanity.

Keep visiting the BBC Cornwall website for previews and competitions for plays and shows at The Theatre Royal and Truro's Hall For Cornwall.

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