"The Rose Theatre, which has been doggedly championed by Sir Peter Hall, is a palpable hit."
The Daily Telegraph
Opened in late 2008 after years of planning, Rose Theatre Kingston has quickly become a huge success throughout London with audiences and critics alike.
The Rose takes its inspiration from the Elizabethan theatre of the same name, in which several of Shakespeare's early plays were premiered. The theatre includes two performance spaces, a studio, and a main auditorium based on the designs of the original bankside playhouse.
Sir Peter Hall (founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company) is Director Emeritus, and Stephen Unwin (founder of the English Touring Theatre) is Artistic Director.
Rose Theatre Productions are at the heart of the Rose. The first, Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Sir Peter Hall, opened in October 2008. Subsequent Rose Theatre Productions have included Stephen Unwin's production of Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy with Timothy West (seen on national tour). Sir Peter Hall's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce with Jane Asher and Nicholas Prevost (which later transferred to the West End) in repertoire with Miss Julie, Dumb Show by Joe Penhall, Noel Coward's Hay Fever with Celia Imrie and Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In Spring 2011 the Rose worked with Kingston University on a new production of As You Like It and Jane Asher returned for Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest performed in rep with the premiere of Harley Granville-Barker's Farewell to the Theatre.
Every Christmas the Rose produces a family show: A Christmas Carol (2008), Treasure Island (2009), a musical version of The Three Musketeers (2010) and The Snow Queen (2011).
The Rose also hosts the very best in UK touring theatre, dance, comedy and music.
The great circle of the Rose's auditorium provides the template for everything it does: all embracing, accessible, warm-hearted, popular, intelligent and stylish.
Support The Rose
Although the Rose meets a proportion of its costs through the Box Office, they need additional support from generous individuals, including Friends of the Rose, local businesses and Trusts and Foundations to ensure this incredible new theatre continues to thrive.
To find out more about how you can support the Rose Theatre Kingston, please click Here
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