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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My Brilliant Friend
Literary sleeper hit 'My Brilliant Friend' is famous the world over for its sharp look at friendship, and for the mystery over its author Elena Ferrante's true identity. In a canny bit of programming from the Rose Theatre Kingston, it'll hit the stage...Drama Saturday February 25 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
Dahl's story of a revolting couple and their even more disgusting dining habits is a kids' classic. Join them for dinner at this adaptation by children's theatre master David Wood, directed by Max Webster ('The Lorax'). It's landing at Rose Theatre Kingston...Children's Wednesday April 5 2017 - Sunday April 16 2017
Rose Theatre Kingston isn't necessarily the first place you'd look for a new play from Jack Thorne (the super prolific whizz behind everything from 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' to groundbreaking bereavement story 'The Solid Life of Sugar Water')....Drama Wednesday April 19 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017
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Good shows often celebrities frequent here.
Got a nice little cafe at the top aswell for some preshow drinkies with friends.
Perfect and tend to keep the prices down (although not always.)
This theatre is a real gem. The range of productions is impressive and the quality is high. Internationally renowned productions premiere here. The Youth Theatre Company is a phenomenally high standard. And the theatre itself is small enough to be intimate yet big enough to handle elaborate productions. The bar's good too and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
The Rose is one of the best things to happen to Kingston. They put on brilliant productions, involve the community young and old and is well worth a visit. A great night out in a brilliant location.
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.