The Rose is back!

Kingston’s much-loved theatre makes a welcome return in October

We’re thrilled to hear that Rose Theatre is re-opening this autumn with live performances from 28 October.

The ‘Return to the Rose Season’ will feature a selection of socially distanced productions for audiences of all ages including: the 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita starring Stephen Tompkinson (read our interview here) and Jessica Johnson playing from 28 October – 14 November; Live at the Rose with Russell Kane on 1 November; the award-winning production of Apphia Campbell’s WOKE from 16 – 18 November; and a festive family offering of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man from 10 December – 3 January 2021. More shows will be announced soon.

Christopher Haydon, artistic director at the Rose said: “To begin to see the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel is a welcome relief. While the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the Rose and on our community in Kingston upon Thames, I’m delighted that we have been able to secure a series of entertaining and provocative work. I am also looking forward to my first full season of original productions, which will come next year.”

The news comes six months on from its enforced closure. Adds Christopher: “During these six months, our relentlessly adaptable staff have embodied the resilience of the Rose. Our reopening is a testament to them and the support we continue to receive from our audiences.”

The Rose’s front of house seating areas, including the Rose Café, will remain closed until further notice, however pre-ordered refreshments can be purchased via the Rose food and beverage app.

All performances will adhere to robust risk mitigation processes and will comply with the government’s current COVID-19 secure guidelines.