Return of the Rose Theatre

Kingston’s theatre is to re-open for an autumn ‘Return to the Rose Season’ of live performances from 28 October, exactly six months on from its enforced closure.

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 and Jessica Johnson; Live at the Rose with Russell Kane; the award-winning production of Apphia Campbell’s WOKE; and a festive family offering of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man. More shows will be announced soon.

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

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 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. 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.”

After a successful, online summer term, all Rose Participate activities have resumed in person. This includes all Rose Youth Theatre classes for five- to 18-year-olds as well as Rose Players, the popular adult acting course which takes place on Monday evenings at the theatre.

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.