'The Eddystone Lighthouse', by William Daniell (1769-1837)Smeaton’s Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2NZ

Friday 24 May
Wednesday 5 June
Thursday 6 June
Friday 7 June
Saturday 8 June

Performances are at 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm and 4.15pm

Commissioned by The Box, Plymouth, in partnership with The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, Falmouth University

Written by Simon Turley
Directed by Mark Laville

Since 1698, there have been four lighthouses on the rocks at the dangerous Eddystone reef, 13 miles south west of Plymouth. John Smeaton’s Tower, the now iconic landmark on Plymouth Hoe, was the third (1759-1882).

But what did it take to keep the light burning,
Shining out its warning in the midst of the dark and raging sea,
A spire, clinging fast to the wet, black rock; a limpet of engineering,
Offering its flash of hope to the lost?  

Hear the Keeper of the Light conjure its spirit; the voices and echoes from its past. Unique stories of resilience, courage, fear and humanity from the smallest of spaces in the widest, deepest and sometimes angriest of seas.

Performances are between 10 and 30 minutes in length and vary throughout the day and are most suitable for ages 8 years+. Due to its age and layout, we regret that disabled access to Smeaton’s Tower is very limited.

No advanced booking required
£4 adults / £2 children / Under 5’s free
Your ticket includes entry into Smeaton’s Tower
We advise attendees to arrive early due to limited capacity