First Look: Production images: The Open House, a Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio and Print Room at the Coronet co-production


First Look: Production images: The Lady In The Van at Theatre Royal Bath 

Full casting announced for The Lady In The Van at Theatre Royal Bath

Lady In The Van

Lady In The Van

Lady In The Van

Theatre Royal Bath Productions announces full casting for Alan Bennett’The Lady in the Van, directed by Jonathan Church, which today began rehearsals ahead of its run at Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 17 August to Saturday 2 September.

Olivier Award-winner Sara Kestelman will star as Bennett’s beloved character Miss Mary Shepherd. Kestelman will be joined by Sam Alexander as Alan Bennett, William Gaunt as Underwood and James Northcote who will share the role of Alan Bennett. The full cast will also include Emma AmosLia Burge,Paul HickeyGabrielle LloydDavid Shaw ParkerSteve Simmonds and Cat Simmons.

In 1974, Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman, temporarily moved her clapped out Bedford van into Alan Bennett’s front garden at Gloucester Crescent, Camden. She remained parked there for the next fifteen years.

Sara Kestelman’s (Mary Shepherd) extensive theatre credits include Filthy Business and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Michael Frayn’s award-winning Copenhagen (National Theatre/West End) and her Olivier Award-winning role as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse).

Sam Alexander (Alan Bennett) was most recently seen in the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), The Christmas Truce (RSC) andOne Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre / Theatre Royal Haymarket).

William Gaunt (Underwood) is best known for his roles as Bob Marriott in Sergeant Cork, Arthur Crabtree inNo Place Like Home and Richard Barratt in The Champions. Stage credits include Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Crucible (Old Vic Theatre) and The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse).

James Northcote (Alan Bennett) has recently starred in films including A United Kingdom with Rosamund Pike and The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch. Theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice(Sheffield Theatres) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre).

The production will have design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Mike Walker.

The Lady in the Van will conclude Jonathan Church’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s 2017 summer season. The programme of five plays opened on 21 June with David Hare’s Racing Demon, followed by Sand in the Sandwiches by Hugh Whitemore from Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July. The remaining productions in the season will be the UK Premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, adapted for the stage by Carolyn Burns from Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August and Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks from Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September.


By Alan Bennett
Directed by Jonathan Church

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

First performance            Thursday 17 August
Final performance           Saturday 2 September
Press performance           Wednesday 23 August, 7pm
Performance schedule    Monday – Saturday7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday2.30pm (No matinee 17 August)

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Tanya Moodie to reprise role as Wiletta as Trouble In Mind transfers to Print Room at the Coronet

Tanya Moodie

Tanya Moodie

Following her widely acclaimed appearance at Theatre Royal Bath last year, Olivier Award nominated Tanya Moodie will return to Laurence Boswell’s production of Trouble in Mind when it premieres in London this September. Tanya will make her Print Room at the Coronet debut in the role of Wiletta in Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, with previews from 14th September. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Trouble in Mind opened at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016 to huge critical and public acclaim. Written by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright, the production tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for aBroadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, whichhas not been presented in London for over 20 years, was the first play by a black woman to be professionally produced in New York.

Tanya Moodie said, “After the success of Trouble in Mind at the Ustinov, I am delighted to be sharing the story in London at the Print Room. I wanted to find a character’s voice on stage that articulates the challenges of transcending our limitations and realising one’s fullest creative potential. Finding Trouble in Mind, bringing it to Laurence, gathering a superb creative team and sharing Alice Childress’ play has been the most uplifting professional experience of my career. Thank you for supporting our work.”

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatreNow she is onBroadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white directorAs rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds itincreasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playingWill she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Tanya Moodie is a multi-award nominated actress recently recognized for her role in Fences alongside Lenny Henry; Constance in King John (The Globe) and Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Further theatre credits include The House that will not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Ustinov Studio); The Under RoomChairA Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith); CatchACDCFewer EmergenciesIncomplete & Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court); The OverwhelmingThe Darker Face of EarthThe Oedipus Plays (National Theatre). On screen she is known for her roles in LegacyRabbit FeverCommonSkinsSherlockLewisThe StreetThe Clinic (Series 6 and 7); CasualtySea Of Soulsand Silent Witness.

Theatre Royal Bath announces a season of international UK premieres at the Ustinov Studio 

Christmas Eve

Theatre Royal Bath today announced a season of international UK premieres which open at the Ustinov Studio this Autumn. Daniel Kehlmann’s latest work, Christmas Eve will run from 12 October to 11 Novemberfollowed by Will Eno’s award-winning play The Open House, in a co-production with Print Room at the Coronet, from 23 November to 23 December.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Thursday 12 October – Saturday 11 November

Riveting new thriller Christmas Eve launches the season of international UK Premieres, reuniting the team behind the Ustinov Studio’s The Mentor. The latest play from multi-award winning writer Daniel Kehlmannwill be directed by Laurence Boswell, in a translation by Christopher Hampton.

On Christmas Eve 2017, a philosophy professor is on her way to celebrate Christmas when she is bundled into police headquarters and an interrogation room. Opposite her the senior officer is cynical, smart and relentless. Played out in real time, two powerful antagonists are pitted head to head against each other. Both think they are saving their country but only one of them will win.

Daniel Kehlmann is a German-language author whose novel Measuring the World, sold three million copies in Germany alone and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Christopher Hampton previously translated Florian Zeller’s play The Father for the Ustinov Studio, launching its international success. He won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons.

Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include The Mentor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

Open House

Open House

Thursday 23 November – Saturday 23 December

Former Artistic Director of the RSC, Michael Boyd directs Will Eno’s The Open House, which receives it UK Premiere at the Ustinov Studio having won the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2014. In Eno’s signature, inimitable style, the production offers a wildly subversive and darkly hilarious take on the archetypal family drama.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate things start to take a very unexpected turn…

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


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Christmas Eve
By Daniel Kehlmann
In a translation by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Dates: Thursday 12 October – Saturday 11 November
Press Night: Wednesday 18 October, 7pm
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
(No matinee Thursday 12 October)
Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 discounts (Preview Perfs and Mondays, all seats £15)

The Open House
By Will Eno
Directed by Michael Boyd
Dates: Thursday 23 November – Saturday 23 December
Press Night: Wednesday 29 November, 7pm
Performance schedule: Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
(No matinee Thursday 23 November)
Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 discounts (Preview Perfs and Mondays, all seats £15)

Anda Winters announces Autumn/Winter season for Print Room at The Coronet

Trouble In Mind
Coronet International Festival

Coronet International Festival

Print Room at the Coronet has today announced its Autumn/Winter season, featuring: the London transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, of ground-breaking US playwright Alice Childress’s courageous Trouble in Mind; Coronet International Festival, celebrating the work of artists from across the world; and Winter’s Tales, a series of Christmas readings by friends and famous faces for children and their families. The season concludes with the return of multi-award-winning US playwright Will Eno, whose The Open House, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, is being presented in a second collaboration with Theatre Royal Bath.

Trouble in Mind, which will open the season, sees Laurence Boswell’s production transfer after a critically acclaimed run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio. Coronet International Festival brings a host of artists from around the globe, animating the beautiful Victorian space with an eclectic and daring mix of art forms.  The specially curated Winter’s Tales offers children and families a selection of seasonal stories told by much loved actors and personalities. In a co-production with Theatre Royal Bath, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House sees Print Room at the Coronet welcome back its good friend the hugely acclaimed US playwright Will Eno (following Title and Deed, 2015 and Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), 2012).

Trouble In Mind

Trouble In Mind

Anda Winters said “More than ever this multidisciplinary season of work demonstrates Print Room at the Coronet’s unconventional, open and collaborative approach to theatre. In partnership with Theatre Royal Bath we present two hugely important, innovative US playwrights. Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind transfers to us following its critically acclaimed run at the Ustinov Studio. Our second co-production, in early 2018, is Will Eno’s The Open House. November sees the inaugural Coronet International Festival. This month of work, will feature an eclectic collection of art forms and practitioners from across the globe. The full line-up will be announced shortly, and I can promise four weeks of fearless, boundary-pushing works, which I know London’s diverse, adventurous and open-minded audience will embrace.

Opening the Autumn/Winter season at Print Room at the Coronet is Trouble in Mind by trailblazing 1950’s American playwright Alice Childress. Following its hugely successful run at Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in November 2016, the play tells the story of a group of African-American actors rehearsing for a Broadway production, in a theatre dominated by white men. By turns comic and dramatic, Childress’s Trouble in Mind, which has not been presented in London for over 20 years, remains disturbingly relevant, despite having been written over sixty years ago.

Wiletta Mayer is a talented African-American actress who has spent a lifetime building a career in the theatre. Now she is on Broadway, rehearsing Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play with a white director. As rehearsals progress, Wiletta finds it increasingly difficult to relate to the part she is playing. Will she be able to overcome her misgivings and let the show go on?

Trouble in Mind is followed by the Coronet International Festival. This ambitious month-long festival will blur the lines between arts forms with an array of work that crosses genres and defies expectations. Full details of the programme will be announced very shortly.

Winter’s Tales will see well-known names and faces take to the main stage, reading their favourite festive tales. Over two weeks, a different performer will appear each evening to read a story of their choosing.

The season’s second transfer from Theatre Royal Bath, The Open House, will begin London previews on 18 January 2018. This darkly hilarious tale from Obie Award-winning playwright Will Eno subverts the archetypal family drama in his signature, inimitable style. Directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, The Open House will receive its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio in November, as also announced today. This will be the third collaboration between the two venues in an important ongoing partnership bookending the Autumn/Winter season.

Son and Daughter have come home to celebrate their Mother and Father’s wedding anniversary, but the atmosphere is strained and the dog is nowhere to be seen. Just as they hit stalemate, things start to take a very unexpected turn.

Throughout the season Poetry at the Print Room will continue with readings from poets including David Harsent, Maria Stepanova, Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey. September will also see the return of the sell-out Dead Poets Live series. The first of these events will feature Glenda Jackson reading the role of North London poet Stevie Smith (1902-71), having portrayed her on screen in the 1978 film ‘Stevie’. All proceeds from the evening will go to refugee charity Safe Passage. An additional two Dead Poets Live events are programmed, with full details to follow.


Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award-winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, and Trouble in the Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio.

For the RSC his directing credits include: Women Beware Women (the Swan); Beauty and the Beast (RSC); The Dog in the Manger (the Swan); Bartholomew Fair (the Swan) and The Painter of Dishonour (the Other Place). He curated and directed the RSC’s Golden Age Season in 2004, which later transferred to the West End and to Teatro Espaniol, Madrid.

Alice Childress was born in 1916 and raised during the Harlem Renaissance she grew up to become first an actress and then a playwright and novelist. A founding member of the American Negro Theatre, she wrote her first play, Florence, in 1949. Childress became in 1952 the first African-American woman to see her play (Gold Through the Trees) professionally produced in New York. In 1955, Childress’s play Trouble in Mind was a critical and popular success from the beginning of its run off-Broadway at the Greenwich Mews Theatre. Trouble in Mind received a well-reviewed off-Broadway revival in 1998 by the Negro Ensemble Company and has since been produced by Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage.

Childress is perhaps best known today for A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich, her 1973 novel about a 13-year-old black boy addicted to heroin, which was subsequently made into a movie in 1978. Other plays written by Childress include: Just a Little Simple (1950), Wedding Band: a Love/Hate Story in Black and White (1966) and Gullah (1984).

Alice Childress died in New York in 1994.

Will Eno’s Broadway debut play, The Realistic Joneses, was the winner of a Drama Desk Special Award. Other writing credits include The Open House (Off-Broadway), which won the Obie Award for Playwriting and most recently Wakey, Wakey (Off-Broadway).

Michael Boyd’s directing credits for Ustinov Studio include Right Now, The Harvest and The Big Meal. Other recent directing credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (Hampstead Theatre) and Tamburlaine (Broadway). He was formerly Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


14 September – 14 October 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
Trouble in Mind
by Alice Childress
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Press Night: 21 September 2017

1 – 30 November 2017
Coronet International Festival
Full line up to be announced in due course
Tickets and timings to be released soon

6 – 22 December 2018
Winter’s Tales
Tickets and timings to be released soon

18 January – 17 February 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Saturdays 3pm
The Open House
by Will Eno
Directed by Michael Boyd
Press Night: 25 January 2018

Poetry at the Print Room
24th October 2017, 7.30pm
with David Harsent

7th November 2017, 7.30pm
Russian Poetry with Maria Stepanova

5th December 2017, 7.30pm
with Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinead Morrissey

Dead Poets Live: Stevie Smith with Glenda Jackson
24th September 2017, 7pm

Further Dead Poets Live events
28th October 2017, 7.30pm
29th October 2017, 7pm

Full casting announced for Racing Demon at Theatre Royal Bath

Racing Demon
Racing Demon

Racing Demon

Theatre Royal Bath Productions has announced the full casting for David Hare’s Racing Demon, directed by Jonathan Church, which today began rehearsals ahead of its run at Theatre Royal Bath fromWednesday 21 June to Saturday 8 July.

As previously announced Olivier Award-winner David Haig will star as Lionel Espy in the multi-award winning play. He will be joined by Sam Alexander, Michelle Bonnard, Anthony Calf, William Chubb, Paapa Essiedu, Ian Gelder, Andrew Fraser, Rebecca Night, Amanda Root and Ashley Russell.

Four clergymen seek to make sense of their mission in inner-city London whilst facing their own personal crises. There’s Lionel Espy, a cleric whose faith is wavering as his parishioners dwindle; tabloid-hounded gay vicar Harry Henderson; ‘Streaky’ Bacon, a genial reverend with a taste for tequila, and a charismatic young curate, Tony Ferris whose arrival is set to fan the flames, whilst his sexual relationship with his lover turns to ash. The day of judgement is at hand for all.

Racing Demon is the first production in Jonathan Church’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s annual Summer Season. The programme of five plays will also include Sand in the Sandwichesby Hugh Whitemore from Tuesday 11 July – Saturday 15 July, the UK Premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest from Friday 21 July – Saturday 12 August, Looking at Lucian by Alan Franks from Thursday 3 August – Saturday 2 September and Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van from Wednesday 16 August – Saturday 2 September.

David Haig (Lionel Espy) has previously performed at Theatre Royal Bath in The Madness of George III andKing Lear. Other recent theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic),Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre) and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court), for which he won the Olivier Award. Notable film and television credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick of It and Mo.

Jonathan Church succeeds Peter Hall as Artistic Director, who established the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season in 2003 with his company’s annual residencies. Church was previously Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, overseeing over 100 productions including Taken at Midnight, ENRON, Macbeth with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Following his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church set up his own independent production company, which he will continue to lead alongside his new position at Theatre Royal Bath.

David Hare is one of the UK’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters with plays including The Judas Kiss, Skylight, Amy’s View and Plenty. He received Academy Award nominations for his adaptations of The Hoursand The Reader.


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Racing Demon
By David Hare
Directed by Jonathan Church
Dates: Wednesday 21 June – Saturday 8 July
Press Night: Wednesday 28 June, 7pm
Performance schedule: MondaySaturday, 7.30pm; Matinees Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm (No Matinee 22 June)
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50 (Previews: £15 – £25)

Laurence Fox to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing

The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox
The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox

The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox

Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston are delighted to announce Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing will embark on a limited UK Tour from September, starring Laurence Fox and directed by Stephen Unwin. The production will open on Wednesday 6 September in Cambridge before touring to Bath and Kingston, with national press night on Wednesday 27 September at Theatre Royal Bath. Further tour dates to be announced.

The Real Thing was first staged in London’s West End in 1982 and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it went on to win multiple awards including the Tony Award for Best Play in 1994 and, 16 years later, the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Stoppard’s poignant classic offers an intellectual and entertaining examination of infidelity.

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

Laurence Fox is best known for his role as DS James Hathaway for seven series of Lewis. Other television roles include A Room With A View and Wired with film credits including Gosford Park and Becoming Jane. Fox’s theatre credits include Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre) and Our Boys (Duchess Theatre).

Tom Stoppard is a multi-award winning playwright with many notable plays including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, The Hard Problem and The Invention of Love. Stoppard also co-wrote Shakespeare in Love which won the Academy Award for best screenplay.

Stephen Unwin founded English Touring Theatre (ETT) in 1993 prior to becoming Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston for five years. Unwin’s credits for Theatre Royal Bath include Moon Tiger starring Jane Asher and Present Laughter starring Samuel West and Phyllis Logan.


Cambridge Arts Theatre (Tickets on sale at 12 noon on Friday 19 May)
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 16 September 2017
Box Office: 01223 503 333
Performance schedule: Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm (No performance Sunday 10 September)
Prices: £23 – £42

Theatre Royal Bath (Tickets on sale on Saturday 3 June)
Monday 18 – Saturday 30 September 2017
Box Office: 01225 448 844
Performance schedule: Mon – Wed 7.30pm, Thu – Sat 8pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 27 September, 7pm
Prices: £19.50 – £35.50

Rose Theatre Kingston (Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday 19 May)
Monday 2 – Saturday 14 October
Box Office: 020 8174 0090
Performance schedule: Mon – Thu & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 8pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Prices: £10 – £45


Rose Theatre Kingston announces Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 season

Laurence Fox

Rose Theatre Kingston today announces its autumn 2017 and spring 2018 season.

Laurence Fox

Laurence Fox

The programme includes Laurence Fox starring in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s modern classic The Real Thing, produced with Theatre Royal Bath and Cambridge Arts Theatre, the first Stoppard to be staged at the Rose, and Phil Daniels as the titular roles in David Edgar’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thriller Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, a co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company.

Lindsay Posner makes his Rose Theatre Kingston directing debut with a production of Stephen Bill’s award-winning play Curtains and there is a renewed collaboration with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton on Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, following their award-winning production of The Herbal Bed in 2016.

Joining the previously announced Christmas production of Alice in Winterland are two further family shows – David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine running over Easter, co-produced with Curve following the success ofThe Twits earlier this year and The Witches in 2016, and Miranda Larson’s adaptation of Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright’sThe Night Pirates, a co-production with Nick Brooke Ltd.

Chief Executive Robert O’Dowd said today, “We are delighted to be presenting another hugely exciting season here at the Rose. In line with our strategy to present a varied and engaging mix of drama and family shows supported by comedy and music, this year we are collaborating with some of the most brilliant and gifted talent around, from Olivier Award-winning director Lindsay Posner to celebrated actors Laurence Fox and Phil Daniels. In the last couple of years the Rose has brought not just world class drama but a new energy to Kingston and we continue our mission to become a vibrant cultural hub for South West London and beyond.”

The programme of visiting shows also features a range of family productions including an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, following a summer West End run, and Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days.  There are returning visits to the Rose from celebrated pianist Lucy Parham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with further musical performances from acts including Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and one offs including Sir Michael Parkinson in conversation.  For full details of visiting shows please see


Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal Bath and Cambridge Arts Theatre present

The Real Thing

Written by Tom Stoppard

 Directed by Stephen Unwin

Starring Laurence Fox as Henry

 2 – 14 October 2017

(Press night: 27 September at Theatre Royal Bath)

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress, has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

First staged in 1982, The Real Thing combines the intellectual and dazzling wordplay of Stoppard at his most witty with some of his most tender and touching writing. A clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, The Real Thing is a multi-award-winning modern classic.

Tom Stoppard is a playwright and screenwriter, and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. He has written prolifically for stage, film, television and radio. His most recent play is The Hard Problem. Other plays include The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land, Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth , Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood , Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock’n’Roll. His many translations and adaptations include Tango, Undiscovered Country, On the Razzle,Three Men in a Boat, Parade’s End and Ivanov. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films Brazil, Shakespeare in Love and The Russia House. His has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. He was knighted in 1997.

Laurence Fox’s theatre credits include A Patriotic Traitor (Park Theatre), Strangers on A Train (Gielgud Theatre), Our Boys(Duchess Theatre), Treats (Garrick Theatre), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (Strand Theatre).  His television work includes The Frankenstein Chronicles, Lewis (series regular), Fast Freddie, Wired, A Room with a View, Whatever Love Means, Egypt, Jericho, Colditz, Ad, Bc: A Rock Opera, Island At War and Foyle’s War; and for film, The Professor and The Madmen, This Family, W.E., Blackwater Transit, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Becoming Jane, Wasp, The Last Drop, South From Grenada, Deathwatch, Gosford Park and The Hole.

Stephen Unwin is former Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston and founder of English Touring Theatre.  For the Rose, his previous directing credits include Hay Fever, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Lady from the Sea, The Vortex, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.  For English Touring Theatre, his productions included Hamlet, Hedda Gabler, Henry IV Parts One and Two, King Lear, Ghost, The York Realist and Uncle Vanya.  He has directed at Traverse Theatre, Royal Court, Almeida Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Theatre Royal Bath and directed 15 operas at Royal Opera House, ENO, Buxton Festival, Garsington, Opera 80 and Almeida Theatre.  He has also written four plays including All Our Children, currently running at Jermyn Street Theatre.


Cambridge Arts Theatre

6 – 16 September

Box office: 01223 503 333

Theatre Royal Bath

18 – 30 September

Box office: 01225 448 844


Rose Theatre Kingston, English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton present

Rules for Living

Written by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Simon Godwin

7 – 18 November 2017

Guest night: 8 November 7.30pm

(Press night at Royal & Derngate, Northampton: 13 September)

Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie.

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang.

Evening Standard award-winning Simon Godwin directs Sam Holcroft’s brilliant and darkly funny play. Following its critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre in 2015, Rules For Living is now brought to the stage in a brand new Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in conjunction with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, the same team that won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed.

Sam Holcroft was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The Wardrobe,Edgar And Annabel, Dancing Bears, While You Lie, Pink, Vanya and Cockroach and she recently adapted Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox for Nuffield Southampton Theatres.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Simon Godwin directs.  He has worked previously at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on Regeneration (also tour), The Seagull, Habeas Corpus, Relatively Speaking and The Quartermaines Terms (with Salisbury Playhouse).  He is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where he has directed Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman and Strange Interlude.  His work for the Royal Court includes Routes, If You Dont Let Us Dream, We Wont Let You Sleep, NSFW, The Witness,Goodbye to All That, The Acid Test and Wanderlust. For Bristol Old Vic, he has directed The Little Mermaid, Krapp’s Last Tape, A Kind of Alaska, Faith Healer and Far Away. His other credits include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout, New York), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Candida(Theatre Royal Bath), The Winter’s Tale (Headlong with Nuffield Theatre & Schtanhaus/UK tour) and he will shortly direct Measure for Measure at the Theatre for a New Audience, New York.


Rose Theatre Kingston and Touring Consortium Theatre Company present

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted by David Edgar

Directed by Stephen Unwin

Starring Phil Daniels

9 – 17 February 2018

Press night: 14 February 7pm

And then on tour (dates to be announced shortly)

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller starring Phil Daniels as the eponymous character, tells the gripping tale of Dr Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde.

During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil in human nature, the kind and gifted Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternate personality of pure evil… the mysterious Mr Hyde.

As this sinister and ominous figure starts causing murderous havoc around the foggy streets of London, the physician’s friends and fiancée grow increasingly worried about him. Jekyll must race to find a cure for his monstrous alter ego before it takes over for good.

David Edgar has been writing plays professionally since 1971. His original plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company includeDestiny, Maydays and Pentecost (1994 Evening Standard Best Play Award), the second in a series of plays about Eastern Europe after the Cold War, following The Shape of the Table and preceding The Prisoner’s Dilemma. In addition to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, his adaptations include plays based on the memoir Mary Barnes, Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby (Olivier and New York Tony Best Play Awards), Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George and Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  His recent stage work includes Albert Speer, Playing with Fire, Testing the Echo, Written on the Heart and If Only. He has written for television and radio, and wrote the screenplay for Trevor Nunn’s 1986 film Lady Jane.

Phil Daniels’ recent stage credits include This House (National Theatre and West End), Antony and Cleopatra and The Knight of the Burning Castle (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Les Misérables (West End). He has also performed at Royal Court and RSC.  His television work includes Sunnyside Farm, Time Gentlemen Please, Gimme Gimme, Outlaws, The Long Firm, Holding On, EastEnders, Rock & Chips, Poirot, Moonfleet and Zapped; and for film, Quadrophenia, Breaking Glass, Scum, Bad Behaviour, Goodnight Charlie Bright, Chicken Run, Freebird, Vinyl and The Hatton Garden Job.  Daniels recorded and toured with Blur, providing a vocal for their huge hit Park Life. He has also sung with The Stranglers and The Who.

Stephen Unwin directs.  See biog above.


Rose Theatre Kingston presents


Written by Stephen Bill

Directed by Lindsay Posner

22 Feb – 17 March 2018

Press night: 28 February 7pm

Ida’s family is throwing her a birthday tea for her eighty-sixth birthday. Their efforts to be cheerful and make the event a success verge on the desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. As the painfully laboured celebrations go on, her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years. Tensions immediately flare between the sisters, whilst Ida struggles to recognise her.

As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age… When the family returns, old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in this hilarious, painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil.

Stephen Bill won Drama Magazine’s award for Best Play, alongside Most Promising Playwright from both London Standard Drama and Plays and Players London Critics’ Awards for Curtains. His other playwrighting credits include The Old Order, Piggy Back Riders, Naked in the Bull Ring, The Bottom Drawer, Over the Bar, Over a Barrel, Cassie and What the Heart Feels. His television writing includes Eh Brian It’s a Whopper, Marjorie and The Preacher Man, The Darling Buds of May, Broke, The Locksmith and Maisie Raine.

Lindsay Posner’s directing credits include The Truth, Dinner with Saddam, Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory),Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Bath, Wyndham’s and UK tour), The End of Longing (Playhouse), Hay Fever (Duke of York’s),  Harvey (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Speed the Plow (Playhouse), Relatively Speaking (Wyndham’s), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Other Desert Cities, The Winslow Boy and Noises Off  (Old Vic), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida Theatre) and Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville).  He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1987-1992 where his productions included Death and the Maiden (which transferred to the Duke of York’s and won two Olivier Awards), Colquhoun and McBryde and The Treatment.



Rose Theatre Kingston and Nick Brooke Productions Ltd present

The Night Pirates

By Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright

Adapted and directed by Miranda Larson

 6 – 16 September 2017

Press night: 8 September 4pm

Rough, tough little girl pirates. With their own pirate ship. A ship set for sailing. A ship off on adventures.

Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates.

Adapted and directed by Miranda Larson, this show combines original songs and swashbuckling adventures, suitable for any budding young pirate!

Miranda Larson is a writer and director for children’s theatre and television. Her live stage work includes Angelina Ballerina the Mousical, Bob The Builder, Teletubbies, Fireman Sam, Ben 10, Power Puff Girls, The Little Princess and Cartoon Network Live: HEROES UNITE. She is also a regular screen writer on TV shows like Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Thomas The Tank Engine, CBeebies’ Melody and Let’s Play.


Rose Theatre Kingston presents

Alice in Winterland

Based on the books by Lewis Carroll

Adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville

Composer and Lyricist: Eamonn O’Dwyer

Designer: Tim Bird; Choreographer: Jamie Neale

 7 Dec 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

Press night: 15 December 7pm

Alice has always been brought up to believe in wonder but her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie… until she is visited by a White Rabbit and propelled on a quest to save Winterland.

Follow Alice to the magically curious world of Winterland, a world of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens, strong-minded dodos and friendly knights. A world inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock, a world that lies in the shuffle of a pack of cards or in the lines across a chess board, where the impossible becomes possible…

This dazzlingly festive new stage production is based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Step through the Looking Glass with Alice this Christmas and join her for this glorious adventure.


Rose Theatre Kingston and Curve present

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Written by Roald Dahl

Adapted by David Wood

 27 March – Sun 8 April 2018

Guest night: 28 March 5:30pm

Director: tbc

Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George’s Grandmother. George’s Grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do.

But one day, when his parents leave him alone with the grizzly old grunion, George takes his chance and sets about creating a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure…

Following the success of The Twits and The Witches, Rose Theatre Kingston’s magnificent new co-production with Curve, Leicester promises to be yet another hugely imaginative and entertaining stage adaptation, bursting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of frothbuggling family fun.

David Wood’s seventy plus plays for children are performed worldwide, and he was dubbed ‘the national children’s dramatist’ byThe Times. His adaptations of The Twits and The Witches have previously run at the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2016 and 2015. 2013 saw his adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom win the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family, for which his adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea was nominated the previous year. His adult musical, based on L P Hartley’s The Go-Between, co-written with Richard Taylor, also toured in 2011 and won Best Musical Production (Theatre Awards UK). In 2006, to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday, he wrote The Queen’s Handbag, performed in Buckingham Palace Gardens and seen by 8,000,000 BBC1 viewers. In 2004 he was awarded the OBE for services to drama and literature.


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