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Rose Theatre Kingston - May to July 2013 (and beyond)

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

OVER the next few months, the Rose Theatre Kingston has a number of one night shows, with comedy from Andy Parsons, a tribute to Linda Smith and the improvised musical Showstoppers; as well quality as shows specially for children, including Spot the Dog, Aliens Love Underpants and the return of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales.

There’s also drama, the highlight of which is Peter Nichols A Day in the Death of Joe Egg featuring Ralf Little as Bri. A co-production with Liverpool Playhouse, it runs from Tuesday, April 30 to Saturday, May 18 at 7.30pm (2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday). Tickets: £8 – £28.50.

Bri is a school teacher. His wife, Sheila, loves amateur dramatics. But their daughter Josephine is more than they bargained for and life is getting difficult…

This fast-paced black comedy blazes with the love and pain, the anger and strain of a young couple raising a disabled child. Highly theatrical, frequently heart wrenching and often very funny, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1967) is one of the great plays of the modern British theatre. Stephen Unwin directs.

Andy Parsons – Sunday, May 5 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 – £15.

Parsons started in TV on Spitting Image becoming one of the main writers before embarking on a stand-up career which has led to such shows as Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo. This, his fourth show.

The Kingston University Big Band – Tuesday, May 7 from 1.15pm – 2pm. Free.

Kingston University presents a free lunchtime jazz concert in the Rose’s Culture Café. The Kingston University Big Band is led by well-known trumpeter Andy Gibson, who has also performed with Shirley Bassey, Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne, the Three Degrees, Suzi Quattro and Donna Summer, to name but a few.

The Mariska Barnett Trio – Wednesday, May 8 from 1.15pm – 2pm. Free.

Kingston University presents a second free lunchtime jazz concert in the Rose’s Culture Café. Born in Australia, Mariska began singing jazz and pop as a teenager with local bands before relocating to London in her early twenties.

Loving Linda – Sunday, May 12 at 7pm. Tickets: £30.

The fifth concert in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of comedian Linda Smith features a superb comedy line-up including Phill Jupitus, Andy Hamilton, Stewart Lee, Barry Cryer, Ronnie Golden, Jenny Eclair and Jo Caulfield. With music from Carol Grimes and Dorian Ford.

Giuseppe Lupis – Tuesday, May 14 at 1.15pm. Free.

His piano works have been broadcast by Sky Classica TV and others and performed at major venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver and the Opera House in Copenhagen. A former pupil of Aldo Ciccolini, his music has been acclaimed as “wonderfully imaginative, lively and humorous” (Duo Sweet, Brussels, September 2012).

Honor Blackman as Herself – Sunday, May 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 – £18.

In conversation with Director Richard Digby Day, Honor Blackman will look back over her astonishing life, from her beginnings, her family, and her rise to stardom with her usual sense of humour and perspective. She will also be singing a few of her favourite songs.

The Big Chris Barber Band – Wednesday, May 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14 – £20.

With his 10-piece band, Chris plays a selection of his favourite music.

Georgie Fame – Friday, May 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14 – £19.

Georgie Fame has recorded twenty albums and fourteen hit singles, including the Number 1’s: Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names: Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide Musical Legend!

The Showstoppers – Saturday, May 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 – £15.

A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning production. Audience suggestions spontaneously become an all-singing, all-dancing show on the spot, with unpredictable and hilarious results.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Sunday, May 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 – £32.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Rose with a ‘delectable’ programme of classical masterpieces.

We’ll Meet Again – Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at 2.30pm. Tickets: £8 – £15.

Host Mervyn Francis and the Martyn St James band present an afternoon of comedy, song and a recollection of the days when music was music.

Best of British – Friday, May 31 at 7pm and Saturday, June 1 at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets: £8 – £15.

Starring TV and radio comedy star Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies and featuring international illusionists Van Buren and Allyson, est of British is described as a superb evening of variety and music hall.


Stella – Tuesday, June 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 – £12.

Take the Space, the company behind Hanging Hooke, now present Stella, a story of Time and Space: two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the twenty first century and Caroline Herschel from the eighteenth look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding.

Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion – Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm. Tickets: £15 – £17.50.

They once voted Ginger Baker as ‘the musician least likely to survive the 60s’. Now, four and a bit decades later, he proved them all wrong, returned to the UK and formed a formidable quartet with funk and jazz giant Pee Wee Ellis, tenor sax, Alec Dankworth, bass, and Abass Dodoo, percussion.

Song for Stevie – Thursday, June 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 – £15.

An eclectic evening mix of live indie, rock and popular music, poetry readings by the great and the good of the literary world, plus dance and musical theatre numbers. All proceeds will go to Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a charity that supports both the bereaved and those affected by conditions that can cause young sudden cardiac death as well as funding research, cardiac screening, and offering fast track specialist services.

Spot’s Birthday Party – Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9 (Friday at 1.30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am and 1.30pm). Tickets: £10 – £12.

It’s the birthday of everyone’s favourite puppy! All Spot’s friends will be here; Steve the Monkey, Helen the Hippo and Tom the Crocodile plus Spot’s mum and dad, Sally and Sam. Special guest Marco the Rabbit Magician will be there too, ensuring there’s never a dull moment. Suitable for ages 2 upward.

Not Until We Are Lost from Ockham’s Razor – Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 (Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm, 7.30pm and 3pm. Tickets: £18.

Not Until We Are Lost brings the audience into the heart of the action. The performance is viewed in new, innovative ways from within a unique set, featuring originally designed aerial structures. The images unfold above and around the audience as they journey through the narrative.

BalletBoyz – Saturday, June 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 – £30.

BalletBoyz have led the way in dance for more than a decade, thrilling audiences the world over with award-winning dance shows on stage and television.

Oysterband – Wednesday, June 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14 – £18.

Oysterband make modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978, they’ve toured in 35 countries – festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails – and have made 13 studio albums, collecting five BBC Folk Awards along the way.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales from Scamp Theatre – Thursday, June 27 at 1.30pm and 4pm. Tickets: £8 – £12.

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from their best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

JazzLiveDance July – Friday, July 5 at 8.30pm. Tickets: £8.

Featuring The Heads and Feet House Band with Tim Whitehead on Sax, Winston Clifford on drums, Neville Malcolm on bass and Jonathan Gee on piano, this event is in the Rose’s Culture Cafe.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Sunday, July 7 at 3pm. Tickets: £12 – £22.

The real stars of the hit movie Brassed Off, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band are in constant demand throughout the world for concert appearances.

Aliens Love Underpants – Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4 (Thursday at 1.30pm and 4pm, Friday at 11am and 1.30pm, Saturdat at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm, Sunday at 11am and 2pm). Tickets: £10 – £12.

Aliens Love Underpants

This zany, hilarious tale based on the best-selling children’s book is delightfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens of course!), this ‘fantastically fresh and funny’ production will delight the whole family. Suitable for ages 2 and up.

Rose Plus Choir: The Seasons – Sunday, August 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.

Rose Plus Choir, accompanied by West End professionals, perform a full concert learned and rehearsed in just one day.

Great Expectations from Youth Music Theatre – Thursday, August 29 to Sunday, September 1 (Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday at 3pm). Tickets: £8 – £25.

A classic coming-of-age tale of crime, social class and ambition, written by one of the greatest 19th century novelists, Charles Dickens. Now adapted as an imaginative musical with lots of humour in which audiences see Victorian society through the eyes of Pip, the hero.

The Trio – Sunday, November 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12 – £32.

In their new venture together, Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson, supported by pianist Andrew West, focus on melody: the natural melody of folk song and of great composers like Schubert and Handel, Gershwin and Puccini, that are so deeply satisfying, that nourish the soul and that stay in your mind for ever.

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