11-16 May 2015
Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night we visited the Theatre Royal in Plymouth to watch The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The theatre is situated in the centre of town with plenty of parking. Upon entering the theatre we received a warm welcome from the staff. As you walk in to the theatre there is a cafe, serving pastries, cakes, hot and cold snacks, teas and coffees, there is seating inside and outside for the cafe. There is also a restaurant which opens two hours before an evening performance and two and half hours before a matinee. There is a daily menu which is created with local, seasonal and freshly prepared ingredients. There are also many bars where you can pre-order drinks for the intervals. We collected our tickets and made way to our seats which were in the circle, our seats were very central and a perfect view.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne Set in World War 2. The story is told through the eyes of an eight year old boy called Bruno, he is the son of the commandant at a concentration camp. He becomes friends with Shmuel a Jewish boy who is on the other side of the camps fence and their friendship has devastating consequences.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is brought to you by The Children Touring Partnership, the story and the fantastic performances by the two main characters (two nine year old boys) leave a lasting impression. There are 6 boys that share the roles of Bruno and Shmuel and tonight’s performance was played by Finlay Wright-Stephens as Bruno the commandant’s son and Tom Hibberd as Shmuel the young Jewish concentration camp prisoner.
The boys both have a huge responsibility with a mountain of dialogue to learn but they both did a fantastic job. Both performances were brilliant and they seemed well suited for their roles. Other strong performances included Marianne Oldham as Bruno’s mother, Phil Cheadle as Bruno’s farther, Eleanor Thorn as Bruno’s sister Gretel and Rose Wyatt as Maria.
There are some striking scenes one being Bruno’s exploration through the woods to get him to camp, it done with a variety of people lifting him over pitfalls and very cleverly done and also with the last scene will send a shiver down your spine. This is a very touching show and not to be missed.
Tickets cost from £11 to £19 (Booking fees may apply).
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222.