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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Hollywood iconoclast John Malkovich makes his London stage directing debut in fine style with a poignant drama from Zach Helm about drug addiction and genius. Annie is the beautiful, intelligent but deeply troubled wife of rising literary star Jack,...Drama Until Saturday October 8 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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Modern performance spaces within walking distance of the town centre. The Main House receives quality performances from established and emerging writers, producers and directors. The International Youth Arts Festival takes over every July and hosts a vast number of multi-arts productions both here and other venues around town. Staff and volunteer ushers are really good at what they do, attentive and knowledgeable. Bar is reasonably priced and the café is a great escape from the busy town. Best public toilets in Kingston.
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.