Much Ado About Nothing
Fri 13 Apr – Sun 6 May
We are pleased to announce a new stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, a Rose co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and antic | face, starring actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc.
20th Century Boy
Wed 6 – Sat 12 May
The smash hit Marc Bolan musical -This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, comes to the Rose to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain
Mon 14 – Sat 19 May
Sherlock Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast – until Mary Watson (wife of his former associate Dr John Watson) tracks him down, telling him she has seen her long-dead son, James, through the window of 221B Baker Street, apparently alive and well.
Chilling, gripping and filled with unforeseen twists and revelations, this new thriller has been commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath from award-winning dramatist Simon Reade, previously Literary Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company, This world premiere production reunites the dream team of Robert Powell and Liza Goddard following huge acclaim for their performances in Single Spiesand Relatively Speaking.
What The Ladybird Heard
Tue 29 May – Sat 3 Jun
Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own!
Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs!
The Blues Band
Sat 23 Jun, 7.30pm
What does a great, lively musical tradition demand? Discipline, devotion, passion and love. Whether it’s Beethoven or B. B. King, Howlin’ Wolf or Handel, it all sounds better with a huge helping of skill, virtuosity and feeling. So when it comes to the Blues, aficionados of the genre can relax, because with The Blues Band, their music’s in good hands.
Formed in 1979 by five seasoned musicians, The Blues Band are celebrating 40 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time. It began back then with a phone call by Paul Jones, actor, singer, musician and radio presenter, no stranger to the pop charts throughout the 1960s as front man for the hugely successful Manfred Mann.
My Leonard Cohen
Sat 30 Jun, 7.30pm
★★★★★ ‘It is testament to D’Arrietta’s devotion to keeping Cohen’s music relevant that he continues to play to packed houses. Cohen himself would surely have paid to see this one’ Daily Business
Having enjoyed a sold-out run at the Sydney Opera House and an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe season in 2017, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band are taking My Leonard Cohen on a tour of the UK this June. Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw and distinctive vocal style, this stirring celebration offers arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works.
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!
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.
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.