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Rose Theatre Kingston - Autumn 2012

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE ROSE Theatre Kingston has announced its autumn programme and as well as classic and contemporary theatre, it includes music and comedy.

From Friday, July 27 to Saturday, August 5, the London 2012 Olympic Games will be screened in the auditorium. Projected on to a 32 square meter screen, The Big Screen at the Rose will show the opening ceremony and live highlights until August 5.

Meanwhile, the 80 inch plasma screen in the Culture Café will show the remainder of the games until the closing ceremony on August 12 and then again from August 29 to September, thereby offering live coverage of the Paralympic Games.

From Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5, the award-winning Indefinite Articles’ combine puppetry, shadows and illusion to bring Pinocchio to life. In this one-man show suitable for ages 4 and over, Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes leap into action to form a fox and the shadows of two saws are transformed into a giant shark.

The Rose’s programme of work for young people continues with Terry Pratchett’s Mort the Musical (Wednesday, August 29 to Saturday, September 1). Described as wildly witty and inventive, Mort The Musical is based on Pratchett’s classic Discworld novel, which is brought to life in this musical fantasy of sorcery, comedy and romance.

Created by Cirque Du Soleil’s Guy Caron, Cirque Du Ciel (Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9) returns to the UK by popular demand. With over 30 amazingly multi-talented and skilled performers, this two hour extravaganza, combines electrifying acrobatics, street dance routines, death defying aerial displays and jaw dropping feats of strength and skill – great entertainment for the whole family.

English Touring Theatre open their tour of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Sacred Flame at the Rose in September. A twist on the classic murder mystery The Sacred Flame (Thursday, September 13 to Saturday, September 22) is part thriller, part love story.

What happened on the night the young war hero, Maurice Tabret, died at home in his bed? His doctor says he died from natural causes, but his nurse points a finger of suspicion at his beautiful wife, Stella…

Stephen Unwin is joined by Richard Eyre (Tuesday, September 18) and Michael Palin (Wednesday, October 24) in the Rose Theatre’s popular series of friendly conversations, Time to Talk, which gives the public the opportunity to ask their own questions to some of the leading characters in the world of theatre.

At the end of September, the Rose is producing a major revival of Arthur W Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray, directed by Stephen Unwin.

The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, October 27) is one of the masterpieces of Victorian theatre: sexy, dramatic, funny and very moving. When Aubrey Tanqueray marries for the second time, he knows his wife has a past. But little does he know the extent to which it will catch up with them…

One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke’s latest show The Brig Society arrives in Kingston on Sunday, October 21. A regular on both radio and television, Brigstocke aims for no less than the total restructuring of every aspect of life in Britain via the medium of jokes.

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore (Sunday, October 14) is a unique chance to see this legendary movie star, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

On the release of his new book Bond On Bond, Sir Roger Moore chats about his astonishing life and career with inside stories and unheard anecdotes ranging from the iconic TV series’ The Saint and The Persuaders, to Hollywood blockbusters and the James Bond films.

The Comedy Store residency continues on Sunday, September 30 and Sunday, October 28.

After working for 14 weeks in the run up to the Olympics, Kingston’s sporting and creative community arrive at the Rose for London 2012 Games Dreams (Saturday, November 3). A free event to thank the army of volunteers who made Kingston truly an Olympic Borough, London 2012 Games Dreams is full of live performances, film and music.

Tall Stories’ adaptation of the best-selling children’s book Room on the Broom (Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11) by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is returning to the Rose. In a spell binding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo, a daft dog, beautiful bird and friendly frog help a witch and her cat escape the fearsome mouth of a hungry dragon.

For two nights only the Rose is travelling to the Masai Mara for How Lion Became the King of Tinga Tinga Land (Sunday, November 18 to Monday, November 19). Five performers and two drummers lead audience members through a high-octane story full of music, puppets and dancing in the heart of East Africa. Based on African artwork from the Tinga Tinga family, this show is similar to that seen on Cbeebies but is not a Tiger Aspects production or story.

Julian Lloyd Webber (Tuesday, November 20) is performing a selection of the finest works for the Cello including classics from Bach, Britten and Rachmaninov. Considered the doyen of British cellists, Julian Lloyd Webber enjoys one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music today.

At the Rose this November is a rare solo show from one of the best loved and funniest comedians in Britain, Jo Brand (Saturday, November 24). A BAFTA award-winning writer and best-selling author, Brand is performing in aid of Momentum, a local charity that supports children with cancer and life limiting conditions.

This Christmas, the Rose’s family play is Cinderella The Midnight Princess. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, former Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep, it runs from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, January 6, 2013. Charles Way’s magical adaptation is perfect for all the family.

The second Rose Christmas Concert (Tuesday, December 11) features carols, choirs and witty readings from celebrity guests including Friends patron Michael Aspel. A sell out success last year, the Rose’ Christmas Concert raises all important funds for Rose Theatre Productions.

The Rose Friends Loyalty Card gives exclusive discounts and deals at the Rose as well as partner organisations in Kingston. Cards are £45 and available from the Rose Theatre Box Office on 08444 821 556 (booking fee) in person or online (booking fee).

The Rose’s Culture Café has an entirely new menu courtesy of the award-winning The French Table in Surbiton. The French Tarte at the Culture Café now serves a mouth-watering range of pastries, quiches, baguettes and patisserie from 10am Monday – Friday.

Tickets are available in person, over the phone on 0844 821 556 (booking fee) and online at (booking fee).

Also at the Rose Theatre Kingston:

Antony and Cleopatra – Sunday, September 30 at 2.30pm.

Versophiles are a pool of local actors, including professionals, students, teachers and enthusiasts, who meet once a month to rehearse and perform a staged reading of a Shakespeare play.

Penning Pinero – Sunday, October 14 at 1pm.

To celebrate the theatre’s major revival of Pinero’s masterpiece, The Second Mrs Tanqueray, students of Rose Plus Playwriting offer several short plays examining the changing dynamic of the sexes, secret pasts and unexpected consequences. Their pieces are intimately staged in the Pit of the auditorium and performed by a top cast of professional actors.