Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is the artistic heart behind relative newcomer Rose Theatre in Kingston. Opened in 2008, the 900-seat modern theatre welcomes touring companies as well as staging home grown productions from Alan Ayckbourn's ‘Bedroom Farce’ to ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ starring Judi Dench. Its programme reaches out to the local community with a populist mix of comedy, music and events as well as theatre aimed at children (‘Room on the Broom) and teenagers (Richard Milward’s ‘Apples’).
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The Herbal Bed
Peter Whelan's drama pulls back the sheets on Shakespeare's private life, looking at the scandal that erupted after his daughter was accused of adultery. Shakespeare's family came under obsessive scrutiny from the close-knit Stratford-upon-Avon community,...Drama Until Saturday May 7 2016Read more
After his gruelling 'Wars of the Roses' last year, veteran director Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose Theatre with a production of one of Shakespeare's least staged history plays - and the penultimate in Nunn's personal mission to stage every last one of...Shakespeare Saturday May 14 2016 - Saturday June 4 2016Read more
The Wind In The Willows
The adventures of Ratty, Mole and Badger are brought to the stage in this adaptation of Kenneth Graham's tale of the wild riverbank. Mr Toad, local aristocrat and hobbyist extraordinaire, leads them a merry dance as he develops a love of motor cars, gipsy...Children's Tuesday December 6 2016 - Tuesday January 3 2017Read more
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Always impressed with this theatre (and the productions). The 'Pit' at the front where you can sit on the floor with cushions, either hired or BYO, gives this place a really intimate feel. You get a great view from just about anywhere, although for young children the pit seats (just behind the floor area) might be best to avoid, unless you can get the front row, as they're set on a level floor.
Seen a few kids story adaptations at The Rose, from The Gruffalo to Room on The Broom and most recently The Witches. All thoroughly enjoyable.