THE Theatre Royal Plymouth is putting itself in the spotlight this autumn when the curtain rises after a summer in the dark.
The theatre closed in the spring for a £7 million refurbishment of the 31-year-old venue. The dramatic redevelopment includes an extension allowing level access and a new box office, shop and café. There will be an outdoor terrace and an extended restaurant.
A new studio space in the basement will be the city-centre home of the theatre's creative learning department. It will seat 100 and be the venue's third auditorium.
To celebrate the facelift there is a great autumn season beginning with the UK touring premiere of War Horse, based on the book by Devon author Michael Morpurgo.
The National Theatre's award-winning production begins a 10-month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland in Plymouth on September 27 for a two-week run. The stage adaptation of the children's classic about a boy and his horse caught up in war has been a must-see show in London for years.
It's a powerfully moving and imaginative story about Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned for the English front line in the First World War.
South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cable to create a theatrical spectacular.
Tickets are sold out but for returns contact the box office on 01752 267222.