Lee Mead, Nigel Havers, Bobby Davro and Jeffrey Holland in Robin Hood at newly-named The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth
IT'S 13 days and counting until curtain up on the new-look Theatre Royal Plymouth.
All the £7 million of the regeneration project has been lavished away from the stage.
The redevelopment includes an extension to the front of the building allowing level access, a new box office, shop and cafe area, an outdoor terrace and an extended restaurant.
That much you knew. So you won't expect to see anything different when you take your seat for a show.
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One subtle change has put the spotlight on the main auditorium, though.
It has a new name. Or rather it has a proper name for the first time.
We used to have the Theatre Royal (as in the main stage) and the Drum, which always made the second stage sound like it wasn't actually in the same building.
Now we will have The Lyric and the Drum, at the Theatre Royal.
The new creative space built as part of the regeneration has a name, too: The Lab.
With TR2 occasionally hosting shows after the pop-up season while the city centre building was closed, the Theatre Royal now has a total of four venues. But why "The Lyric"?
"This name was chosen as this space presents a predominately 'lyric' programme of musicals, ballet, opera and dance," says Marianne Locatori, sales and marketing director.
Meanwhile, on with the show. The new season hasn't started but the panto has already been unveiled, oh yes, etc.
Robin Hood will ride in on December 20 with the strongest cast a Plymouth Christmas show has had for many years.
Lee Mead in the title role is a genuine West End star and a high-profile celeb to boot.
He's also personable and as unstarry as you can get, judging by the meet-the-press session at the launch at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, earlier this week.
He looked much at home on a horse – a skill he won't need on The Lyric stage – although he'd never been in the saddle before.
He said he'd enjoyed the experience so much he'd like to take up riding lessons. But it looks like he won't have much free time before Robin Hood opens.
He'll be promoting his fourth album on tour – the schedule doesn't take in Plymouth, although Lee says he would love that to be the case with a hoped-for extension in 2014.
"And I've got my first regular TV role," he says. "It will take up a lot of time over the next few months to two years, a full-time job.
"I can't say anything more now but you should hear about it in the next couple of weeks." Intriguing.
He'll be crossing swords in Robin Hood with Nigel Havers, who plays the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Nigel's career started as a slow-burner compared with Lee's rocket to fame through the BBC reality/star search, Any Dream Will Do.
TV-wise it spans Upstairs, Downstairs in 1975 to the second of two Coronation Street stints that ended this year.
His films include a trio that were popular and critical successes Chariots Of Fire (1981), A Passage To India (1984) and Empire Of The Sun 1987).
Nigel starred last year in Lee's panto debut, Jack And The Beanstalk, in Southampton.
The veteran actor is back for more "because it's such great fun," he says.
The comedy lead is all-rounder Bobby Davro (Will Scarlet) who can't wait to renew his acquaintance with Plymouth – he was here in March in the Wizard Of Oz at the Pavilions.
"I had some cracking fish and chips on the Hoe," he says. "What a beautiful city."
Expect a lot of laughs as well from Jeffrey Holland (Nurse Tilly Tick) who has brought many of the same to TV audiences over the decades, starting as Spike in Hi-de-Hi! in the 1980s.
He'll be in dame mode for the 24th time but relishes being "very much a bloke in a frock. Panto is a unique British tradition and that's why I love it."
Plymouth audiences always do, too. Robin Hood and co will be at The Lyric from December 20 to January 25.