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Rose Theatre Kingston - Autumn 2013

Season preview

THE ROSE Theatre Kingston has announced its 2013 Autumn Season and as well as a mix of new writing, classic plays and family shows, it brings some of the best UK touring productions to the Rose Theatre.

It also marks Stephen Unwin’s final season as Artistic Director as he will step down from a five year tenure after directing Ibsen’s Ghosts.

Stephen Unwin commented: “The Rose has enjoyed a fantastic spring season and the autumn programme will continue to add to a brilliant 2013. This will be my last season as Artistic Director for the Rose and I’m thrilled to direct Ibsen’s masterpiece Ghosts as my final production before I step down. I am hugely proud of what has been achieved since we opened in 2008 and I have no doubt that this season will add to our growing reputation.”

The season opens with Daytona, a new play by actor-playwright Oliver Cotton, which runs from September 2 to September 7.

Haunting, funny, poignant and full of mystery, Daytona is a play with not one but two love stories at its heart. Happy in their shared passion for ballroom dancing, Joe and Elli plan to win the next big competition. But the unexpected arrival of a figure from their past threatens to throw everything off balance.

David Grindley directs a cast that includes Maureen Lipman (Re: Joyce, Agony, Agony Again, Oklahoma), Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This is Spinal Tap, The Truman Show) and John Bowe (Sweeney Todd, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Lady from the Sea).

Daytona is followed – from September 11 to September 14 – by The Snail and The Whale from Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom), based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler.

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father. This is a beautiful show for everyone aged 4 and up which celebrates the joy of storytelling with live music.

From September 19 to October 12, it’s the turn of Ibsen’s masterpiece Ghosts.

Spymonkey return to the Rose from October 15 to October 19 with its critically acclaimed Oedipussy, written by Carl Grose (The Drum, Soho Theatre, RSC) and directed by Emma Rice, the joint Artistic Director of Kneehigh (Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride and The Red Shoes).

Inspired by Barbarella, Bowie and a little bit of Bond, this is a tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

Read more about Oedipussy.

Next – from October 22 to October 26 – Colin Blumenau directs the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmund’s production of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park direct from the only surviving Regency theatre in the country.

Adapted by Austen specialist Tim Luscombe, and directed by Colin Blumenau, this captivating Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production (Cider With Rosie, Dick Turpin’s Last Ride) is an elegant and spellbinding re-telling of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

A second production for children, What the Ladybird Heard based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, runs from October 29 to November 3.

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But the tiniest, quietest creature of all, The Ladybird, has a plan of her own.

Presented by Ladybird Productions, What the Ladybird Heard is directed by Graham Hubbard.

From November 12 to November 15, Abigail Anderson directs Actors of Dionysus in Euripides’ Greek tragedy Medea, adapted by David Stuttard (Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, BBC Radio 3).

Euripides’ masterpiece of rejection and revenge is brought vividly to life in this stunning, psychological adaptation combining spellbinding drama and aerial dance. Medea is the story of a woman scorned and the terrifying consequences of her fury.

Celebrating 20 years of touring new adaptations of ancient Greek drama to national and international audiences, Actors of Dionysus return to the Rose with their most daring and dynamic show to date.

This Christmas, the Rose Theatre joins with Bor Productions in a co-production of The Snow Gorilla. Written by Tudor Davies (The Russ Abbot Show), it runs from November 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Sunny always dreamed of joining the circus, but he could never have imagined the extraordinary adventures that awaited him there…

In this story of a boy who runs away to join the circus, circus and storytelling collide on the Rose Theatre stage to create a hugely entertaining spectacle for the young and young at heart.

The season also hosts 18 one night events, offering its audience a huge variety of theatre, comedy and music. Highlights include Catherine Shipton’s Soldiers Wives, stand-up by Stewart Lee, The Comedy Store and The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy as well as talks by Ruth Rendell, Pam Ayres, and music from Clare Teal and the BBC Big Band.

For more information call the box office on 0844 4482 1556 or visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org/.