Rose Theatre Kingston

Theatre, Private theatres Kingston Upon Thames
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Rose Theatre Kingston

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’).


Venue name: Rose Theatre Kingston
Address: 24-26 High St
Transport: Rail: Kingston
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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.)

Jodi R

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.

Corrie B

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.

Clare R

Fantastic productions, by local and touring companies, in a theatre right on our doorstep!

Philippa W

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.

Cynthia F

In terms of programme choice, I really want to make an effort to visit The Rose Theatre more, as there are many top quality shows for fair prices. You might often see a big name or too.

My one complaint and word of warning is to avoid getting seats on the top section towards the right, our view was a little obstructed by some railings and it was a bit of pain always having to arch my neck up to see a good view.

Nick M

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.


Underrated theatre with a huge, wide stage very similar to The Globe on Bankside.  For a pittance you can watch a performance sitting on a cushion right at the front but wherever you are it's a good view as it's a relatively small theatre, but with the large stage and excellent lighting you still get a great, West-End quality show.   25 minutes or so from Waterloo, well worth the trip.