Rose Theatre Kingston Summer Schools 30 Jul – Sun 2 Sept 2018
Now in the tenth year of high quality summer schools for young people, the Rose is the place to go for a fun introduction to drama or to develop next-level skills.
Little Baby Bum
Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 July
Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show. An online and digital TV sensation Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21m subscribers and 20 billion views.
Performance length: Approx 1 hour.
Babes in arms: Due to the show being aimed at very young children, everyone over the age of 6 months will need to pay for a ticket.
Thursday 13 September – Sunday 21 October
A Double Bill by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks
Set in an imagined version of eighteenth century London, Hogarth’s Progress is a riotous double bill of plays following one of Britain’s most celebrated artists on two spectacularly wild days and nights – one at the beginning of his career and one at the end.
The plays explore the extraordinary life of William Hogarth and the commercialisation of art in a time that saw British culture spring from the drawing rooms of the wealthy into ordinary houses across the country. Filled with political satire, boisterous romps and sleazy characters, Hogarth’s Progress promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event not to be missed.
Jason Donovan and His Amazing Midlife Crisis
Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm
Jason is delighted to announce that he will be hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time, it’s a tour with a twist! He is headed to new locations across the country and these intimate gigs will be a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before…
Celebrating his 50th birthday and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.
Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!
One Man Stranger Things: A Parody
Mon 22 Oct 7.30pm
Talented Canadian actor Charles Ross single-handedly recreates season one of the Netflix sensation; all the characters, dialogue, special effects, music & eggos in one superb, upside-down show.
Charles Ross and TJ Dawe grew up in the 80s, addicted to adventure movies. They went on to co-create a number of parody shows, including One Man Lord of the Rings which got the official seal of approval from Sir Ian McKellen and One Man Star Wars, which has been performed over 1,200 times in more than 180 cities across four continents.
The Gruffalo’s Child
Tue 23 – Sun 28 Oct
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her on tour this autumn.
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?
Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation
Recommended for ages 3+ and their grown-ups.
Running time: 55 mins
Ballet Black: Double Bill
Tue 30 Oct, 7.30pm
Audiences can’t resist the ‘joyously unpredictable’ (Guardian) programmes danced by Ballet Black, making their debut here at the Rose.
Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, this company celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces.
As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston, choreographs a new narrative ballet for the Company. Based on Can Themba’s South African fable The Suit, this is the first dance adaptation of the affecting short story.
Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, described as ‘charming and hilarious’ by Dance Europe magazine. The production mixes classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac. Performing it, ‘the company have never looked better’ (Independent).
Age suitability: 12 years+
Wed 31 Oct – Sun 4 Nov
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII sing their way out of the history books and into the spotlight.
Following triumphant runs at the Underbelly in Edinburgh and the Arts Theatre in the West End, SIX comes to the Rose, only a stone’s throw away from Henry’s home at Hampton Court Palace.
With songs including Ex Wives, Haus of Holbein and Don’t Lose Ur Head, this pop concert remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into one hour of 21st century sass.
Don’t miss your chance to see the hottest new musical of 2018.
Approx. running time 80 minutes.
Tue 6 – Sat 17 Nov
We are delighted to announce a major new revival of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos starring Tom Burke. This great Romantic drama forms part of the Rose’s 10th anniversary season alongside Much Ado About Nothing starring Mel Giedroyc.
‘Love is only known by him who hopelessly persists in love’
Don Carlos faces the most profound of dilemmas. In a cruel twist of fate, his former fiancé and the love of his life, Elizabeth, has recently become his stepmother. His father and usurper is the tyrannical Philip II.
Harry Hill’s Kidz Show How to be Funny (For Kids)
Sat 24 Nov, 11am
Rose Theatre Kingston 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1HL
To celebrate the launch of Matt Millz Stands Up… Harry Hill KIDZ SHOW – How To Be Funny – for KIDS!
The celebrated comedian runs down his list of tips on how to become a stand up comic, plus a chance to try out your skills. ONE HOUR of family fun! Kids – Bring your best jokes! If you’re sitting near the front – bring an umbrella!
There will be fun!
Hansel & Gretel
Thursday 6 December – Sunday 6 January
We are pleased to announce our Christmas show, Hansel & Gretel, a new festive version written by Ciaran McConville, who returns to the theatre following last year’s successful adaptation of Alice in Winterland, and directed by Rosie Jones.
Life is good in the little town of Freiburg. Somehow it has escaped the Great Famine laying blight to its neighbours. It has the highest of walls, the most bountiful of harvests and holds the biggest of parties. And everyone loves the town’s mayor. When young Hansel and Gretel are caught passing food to the poor, they are as surprised as anyone to be rewarded with a trip to the far side of the forest. Little do they know of the gingerbread house that awaits them and the sweet old lady who controls their fate. Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch’s Curse. And all in time for Christmas!
Featuring young actors from the Rose Youth Theatre alongside professional actors.