past productions

SUNDAY IN SODOM by Jordan Tannahill  NEW PERFORMANCE DATES! 23/24 September 2022
HAP by John Foster, a world premiere (In collaboration with ManusArts/the English Theatre of Hamburg) 2021

Sylvia by A. R. Gurney 2020

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee 2019

Quality Street, a Night at the Theatre 2018

Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer 2018

Venus in Fur by David Ives (In collaboration with Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre, Copenhagen) 2017

Talking Heads by Alan Bennett 2017

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Sylvia by A. R. Gurney


"...fantastic theatre and Sylvia by Playmate Theatre Malmö is an absolute gem. Both hilarious and at moments sharply poignant"

"Wow vilken fantastisk föreställning o pjäs - underbar!!"

” så skickligt o så mycket känslor o vilken story!”

”Thanks so much for a wonderful performance - animals, play, life in a nutshell - massa igenkänning - så även tårar för mänsklighet och hundar. ”

” hilarious and lots of food for thought”

"Fantastic play, brilliantly executed! "

” Så bra - många skratt, men även med ett djupare budskap.”              


"Sylvia"  in 2020, directed by Joseph Sherlock, is our hugely fun, highly relevant and hilarious social comedy about life, love, the middle-aged mid-life itch and taking the dog for a walk in the park.

“Sharing…what some people sometimes call love… Of course, what do I know? … I’m only a dog.” /Sylvia.

Not bad for a talking dog! She is the only one in their marriage who really knows what they want!

New York couple Greg & Kate find after 22 comfortable years of raising kids & life in the suburbs, they are now facing empty nest syndrome, the onset of middle age and the frustrations of marriage in Manhattan. Then in wanders Sylvia, a street-smart mixture of stray lab and poodle, en route from Central Park.

Together with Sylvia, Greg and his wife discover the power of nature, the meaning of life, for men and women, a bone of contention and a whole lotta laughs.

(PHOTOS @Jan Sok) ON STAGE: Karen Olrich-White, Vanessa Poole, Kevin Benn, Robin Gott  (2020)                  

HAP by John Foster

"brilliant föreställning - o vilken bra pjäs! Jag skrattar fortfarande - magiskt framfört!"

"A long time since I laughed so much... almost as much as Hap does!"

HAP A brilliant quirky new comedy directed by Paul Glaser  in 2021 marked the return to Sweden as director of Swedish-born musical theatre star Paul , currently Artistic Director of The English Theatre of Hamburg, Germany’s oldest private English-language theatre.

 Playmate Theatre Malmö was delighted to host the very first world premiere of HAP the summer of 2021, after its launch in Hamburg. A sparkling new comedy stage play in English by BAFTA award-winning, OFFIE-nominated British playwright John Foster. A heart-warming and hilarious comedy about love, loneliness and our modern obsession with the pursuit of happiness.

The plot?

Two very different city-slicker women, on either end of a slippery therapist’s couch!

Meet Hap. Despite all attempts to be a miserablist she can’t ever be unhappy. Unhappy at being happy, she visits Doctor Marples seeking a cure. Doctor Marples, herself desperate for joy, doesn’t know how to be happy in the first place!

Through the ongoing monotony of Brexit, Corona and takeaways-for-one, Hap and her doctor find to their surprise, giggles and romance in the most unlikely of places.

This play is one quirky, breathless ride you do not want to miss!

On stage; Vanessa Poole; Jana Pulkrabek

([email protected] Orestes) (2021)

 HAP is part of the official 2021 Move the North ( cross-border-festival program; presented by HIT International (Denmark), The English Theatre of Hamburg (Germany), Teaterhuset Bastionen (Sweden) and in Sweden, in collaboration with Playmate Theatre Malmö.

HAP is produced by Manusarts GmbH.

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee


"Brilliantly performed, Edward Albee’s darkly comical The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? is not for the faint of heart. With a lurking elephant — or, really, a goat — in the room, the audience is thrown headfirst into the most emotionally intimate moments of a great marriage gurgling down the garbage disposal… Poole and Benn balance this tension of love and hate so delicately as to make the whole performance nuanced and believable…The play is carried by Poole’s strongly nuanced portrayal of one half of a happy, devoted partnership sliding quickly into insanity".

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee ( 2019) Directed by Boel Marie Larsson

What happens when infidelity strips a marriage bare?

Can a marriage just... vanish?

Martin, happily-married husband and father, has fallen in love with Sylvia. To his wife, this is a man who has been her everything for decades. It is who they have been forever.

Peppered with witticisms, repartee and a glimpse into the intimacy of marriage, this play examines the penalty you may pay for obsession, with wit, black humour and sometimes horrifying results.

Playmate's performances of "The Goat or Who is Sylvia?" premiered in May 2019 in Malmö and Copenhagen.

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ON STAGE : Jeff Bond, Kevin Benn, Robin Gott, Vanessa Poole & David Barrett

([email protected] Diego Monsivais)

Lettice and Lovage

by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Robin Gott.
What happens when two rather eccentric, intellectual, middle-aged ladies decide to dress up in the basement, quaff Elizabethan cordial - vodka and lovage no less - and unite to battle the uglification of modern Britain - wielding an axe?!

In essence these are two lonely, frustrated women, afraid of becoming obsolete. Bubbling under the surface are allusions to the borders of sexuality, terrorism, alienation, history and reality.

The play discusses the threat of increasing urbanisation and the decay of "civilisation" in an increasingly brutal world. But it does it gently and with whoops of laughter!

Lettice and Lovage is a fast-paced Shaffer comedy. It celebrates English wit, banter, repartee and a love of language, of history and theatricality. 

On stage: Boel Marie Larsson & Vanessa Poole, Kevin Benn
(PHOTOS @ Diego Monsivais) (2018)

"En föreställning i världsklass här i Malmö på lilla Bastionen. med strålande skådespelarprestationer

Engelsk humor och satir när den är som bäst"

Talking Heads 

by Alan Bennett 

Directed by Annalisa Rossi
"It’s a rare occasion that a series of monologues, served only by modest (but precisely arranged and coloured) staging, can evoke such a vivid series of images and a rich sense of period and personality ... each role is performed with an immaculate ear for the text by all three players, lending a hyper-real emotionality that, like the heightened social realism of Mike Leigh’s best work, veers toward caricature but never mockery, nor does it fail to hit its mark."
May 9th, 2017 CphPost

(PHOTO @ Diego Monsivais)
ON STAGE: Kevin Benn, Robin Gott, Vanessa Poole (2017)

Venus in Fur

 by David Ives 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ CPH POST

Directed by Jeremy Thomas Poulsen

A production in collaboration with Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre Copenhagen

"I SO enjoyed it. I was literally, honestly, sitting forward on the edge of my seat... I was excited to see what was coming next… I was drawn in."

"a wonderful mean feat to keep the tempo going... Excellent!"

"What a play. Wow."

"Impressed and inspired"

".. så bra som ni var... Jag ser fram emot nästa föreställning!"

"Grym föreställning"

"Superb föreställning"


"GO SEE THIS PLAY. Cast amazing. Script fascinating. Thoroughly enjoyed it."

ON STAGE: Vanessa Poole & Alex Lehman

(PHOTO @Diego Monsivais) (2017)