A night to remember
THE Theatre Royal isn't the only show in town.
The biggest production of 2012 year took place well away from the city's largest stage.
The Citadel was the scene for curtain down on Music Of The Night.
The number was finally up for the open air spectaculars as a cast of 250 made it a double celebration: 20 years of MotN and the 50th anniversary of 29 Commando at the fortress.
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The other big outdoor show of last summer played out at Mayflower Steps and Royal William Yard.
Focused on migration of people to and from Plymouth, The World At Your Feet was the city's offering for the Cultural Olympiad, the programme of arts events connected to the London 2012 games.
The promenade piece suffered from the torrential summer rain, which forced the postponement of one of the early performances.
If you didn't catch the mix of Audiences might have made heavy weather of the content, which included some harrowing material, heart-rending real stories and an exploration of the fear, loathing and racism entwined with the issue.
But the show was never "worthy" and there was comic light among the shade.
The 70 performers and 130 backstagers were aged from 15 upwards and included novices.
Attik Dance, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Music Zone, Plymouth Dance and the Theatre Royal were involved as was the city council which funded the project with the Arts Council.
Pulling the whole thing together was Mark Laville, artistic director of the Barbican Theatre.
The Castle Street venue is better known as a place for small-scale experimentation and as a pace where new talent can develop.
Matthew Bourne began with small-scale shows at the Barbican.
Now he is one of the most famous contemporary dance choreographers – his latest work, Sleeping Beauty, completing his takes on the great Tchaikovsky ballets, had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal last year.
Small gems continue to be unveiled and polished there.
Ad Infinitum's multi-award-winning Translunar Paradise shone last year and 2012 ended on a joyfully crazy note as Le Navet Bete returned with their Greatest Story Never Told featuring Joseph, Mary, Joseph... and Engelbert; you had to be there.