Shakespeare heads new season at the Rose and Crown

Preview by Paul Nelson

THE Rose and Crown Theatre announces its Spring and Summer season, Classics Across Centuries, with three companies presenting three diverse plays for the theatre.

The Isleworth Actors Company presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night from March 11, followed by a co-production between GreenHill Productions, Rose and Crown and Horla, with a new and unique version of Ibsen's taut drama A Doll's House, directed by Alistair Green, it plays from April 15.

The all too brief season ends when CoTa return to the Rose and Crown to present the off-beat Samuel Beckett comic classics Roughs For Theatre I & II, directed by Amy Jeavons.

The Isleworth Actors Company presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Arthur Horwood, March 11 to 22 (Tue-Sat 8pm).

This evergreen delightful tale of love and confusion, in which everyone seems to fancy the wrong person, and no one is quite what they seem, is Shakespearean romantic comedy at its blissful best.

Isleworth Actors Company has a reputation for presenting theatre of high professional quality without losing the directness and simplicity that allows a good play to speak for itself.

The Rose and Crown Theatre in association with GreenHill Productions & Horla present A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Directed by Alistair Green, April 15 to May 3 (Tue-Sat 8pm).

It is Christmas Eve. Nora wraps presents, decorates the tree and plays with her beloved children. But is this idyll a paradise or a prison? Nora must charm, delight and seduce if she is to survive. However, every time the doorbell rings, the outside world threatens to destroy her fragile happiness.

CoTa presents Roughs For Theatre I & II, by Samuel Beckett, Directed by Amy Jeavons, May 27 to June 14 (Tue-Sat 8pm).

Written in French in the 1950s, Rough for Theatre I features a blind man ('A') and a physically disabled man ('B') who meet by chance and consider the possibility of joining forces to unite sight and mobility in the interests of survival. In Rough for Theatre II, two men, 'A' and 'B', try to assess the life of 'C', who is standing motionless, with his back to the audience, ready to jump out of the window.

The Rose and Crown Theatre, 59/61 High Street, Hampton Wick, Surrey, Tickets 020 8296 9100 Tickets: £8, Concs £6, Wed all tickets £5. Nearest Station: Hampton Wick (20 mins from Waterloo)

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