Highlights of the spring season at the Rose Theatre
A comic tale of a drug-dealing family in south-west London, a Noel Coward play and a witty Shakespearean drama are the highlights of the spring season at the Rose Theatre.
Kicking off the year is a collaboration between the Rose’s youth and adult amateur groups in a community production, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (January 11 to January 12). The play is a heart-rending love-story about the clashes between tradition and modernity.
Singer and songwriter Martha Tilston (January 19) will appear at the theatre next year following in the footsteps of Courtney Pine, who performed in June. She will be performing poetic songs from her new album Machines of Love.
The annual Rose Theatre fundraising event, Magic at the Rose, (Sunday, January 20) will be back and promises to be a night of top entertainment.
Britain’s brightest young musicians will bring their signature talent to the Rose towards the end of January. Southbank Sinfonia (Saturday, January 26) will aim to be an inspiration to all.
Following on from the success of their International Youth Arts success this year, the 45-member cast and orchestra of The Dreaming will be back (February 1 to February 2). The play is a humorous take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Next up is Stephen Unwin’s hard-hitting production of sexual vanity and drug abuse, The Vortex (February 7 to March 9), written by Noel Coward, will provide a bit of shock and scandal this season.
A delight for children, Tall Stories Theatre company will stage a magical musical adaption of The Gruffalo’s Child (March 14 to March 17).
Stepping back in time, Northern Broadsides’ Rutherford and Son takes audiences to the home of an Edwardian family on the brink of collapse. Rutherford and Son (March 19 to March 23) tells the story of a tyrannical patriarch who puts the success of the family above their own happiness.
In an exciting new direction, black comedy Smack Family Robinson (March 28 to April 20) will explore a drug dealing family from the 1960s.
Continuing the season with a bit of Shakespeare, the Rose will also present comedies Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew (April 23 to April 27).
Artistic director Stephen Unwin said: “I believe that the Rose is getting stronger all the time and is delivering on its extraordinary promise.”
For more information on these and current shows visit rosetheatrekingston.org.