Rose Theatre Kingston | Autumn Season 2023

Rose Theatre Kingston

The Rose Theatre in Kingston has announced it’s Autumn programme.

Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director, said “I’m delighted to announce an autumn season that features Rose Original Productions from some of the freshest and most exciting new voices in theatre.

Director Jeff James returns after his smash hit production of Persuasion to direct Shooting Hedda Gabler, Nina Segal’s radical new adaptation of Ibsen’s classic. And I can’t wait to share Olivier Award nominee Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart’s remarkable take on Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, as she directs at the Rose for the first time. As ever, our Christmas show will bring together professional performers and members of our exceptionally talented Rose Youth Theatre; what better story to tell with this mix of artists – younger and older – than that of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up? Evan Placey, who is adapting, is a writer I have wanted to work with for years, and I can’t wait to see the magic that he, composer and lyricist Vikki Stone, and director Lucy Morrell, work on this classic adventure. I am proud that the Rose remains committed to providing great nights out in Kingston at an affordable price to families and theatre goers from all walks of life.”

Listings and Booking links


29 September 2023 – 21 October 2023

By Nina Segal
After Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Jeff James
A Rose Original Production

When offered the lead part in a Norwegian film adaptation of Hedda Gabler, an American actress seizes the opportunity to escape Hollywood – and gain some artistic credibility. She’s running away from her past as a child star, from her present as a tabloid punchline, and from an unfortunate collision between a self-driving Tesla and a member of the paparazzi. But most of all – she’s running away from herself.

What awaits her in Norway is Henrik, the brilliant and demanding director – and a film set where reality and fiction are blurred, not least by the arrival of one of her real-life exes. With every moment being filmed, she becomes unmoored and paranoid. As the atmosphere on set becomes increasingly claustrophobic, Henrik becomes fixated on how to end the movie with a bang.

Booking now open:


24 – 29 October 2023

Presented by Tall Stories, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the muchloved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. She follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures – but the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

Booking now open:


31 October 2023 – 11 November 2023

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart
Designer – Laura Hopkins
A Rose Theatre, Headlong, Chichester Festival Theatre & Octagon Theatre Bolton production

“Every man’s got somebody that he loves, heh? But sometimes… there’s too much. You know? There’s too much and it goes where it mustn’t.”

Beatrice and Eddie Carbone have built an all-American life in Brooklyn where people are meant to look out for each other. When wife and husband take in their relations, two hard-working Sicilian immigrants, the family
should pull together. Instead, everything is starting to unravel. Eddie included. A romantic spark between Eddie’s orphaned niece and one of the handsome arrivals, spins their stories beyond control. Eddie finds his darkest desire in danger of being exposed, and his violent passion risks setting
aflame everything the family has built.

Booking now open:


1 December 2023 – 7 January 2024

By J.M. Barrie
In a new version by Evan Placey
Music & Lyrics by Vikki Stone
Directed by Lucy Morrell
Designer – Oli Townsend
Associate Director and Voice Coach – Josh Mathieson
A Rose Original Production

This Christmas, an enchanting adventure awaits.
Chasing his runaway shadow, a mischievous young boy crash lands through an open window and meets a headstrong young girl not yet ready to face growing up. With a sprinkle of fairy dust, they take flight on a whirlwind festive voyage over pirate ships, through mermaid lagoons, and into the heart of Neverland.

Booking now open: