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ROOM ON THE BROOM Returns to the Rose Theatre in Kingston

The witch is returning to Kingston on her broomstick - and she can't wait to be back at the Rose! She said "The cat and I had a brilliant time on our broomstick the last time we flew into Kingston. We can't wait to make new friends on our return, there's room on the broom for everyone!".

From the creators of hit stage show The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom plays from Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 September and is the perfect way to end the summer holidays for everyone aged 3+.

The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick - until a mighty wind blasts her hat, bow and want away into the night!

All is not lost however, as they meet some fun new friends who help retrieve the witch's lost things. A daft dog, a bizarre bird and a friendly frog; one after the other, they hop on the broom for a ride...but it's not meant for five and - CRACK - the broom snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

For ages 3+

Tickets £11 or £8.50 for groups 10+

0871 230 1552

The History of Kingston: A free talk

The History of Kingston
with Jill Lamb, Emma Rummins and Stephen Unwin

Thursday 9 September at 5.30pm

Culture Cafe. Free entry

To coincide with the opening of the Rose community play, Our Town: A Kingston Story, the Rose is hosting a free talk and discussion on the history of Kingston. Come and ask questions or share your memories with Jill Lamb and Emma Rummins from the Kingston Museum.

Venue Name: Rose Theatre, Kingston
Address: 24-26 High Street
Box Office:
0871 2301552


Nearest Train Station: Kingston/Surbiton (Zone 6)

Rose Season:

1 - 5 September


Back at the Rose by popular demand! A spellbinding adventure from the creators of the international hit stage show The Gruffalo. The perfect way to end the summer holidays for everyone aged three and over.

The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick - until a mighty wind blasts her hat, bow and wand away into the night! For ages 3+

Tickets £11, groups 10+ £8.50

9 - 12 September

The Rose Community Play
A celebration of the past, present and future of Kingston.

Kings have been crowned, battles have been fought and ordinary people have gone about their business. Brace yourself for an epic sweep through the history that makes Kingston the community that it is today.

Playwright Ciaran McConville and director Jamie Harper are working with a large company of local actors over the summer to create this new play, with people's individual memories forming an integral part of the story.

Full of song, dance and the spoken word, Our Town promises to be a unique spectacle for our distinctive theatre.

Tickets £10/ £15/ £20

13 September

Take The Space & Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present

Robert Hooke was an ingenious seventeenth century polymath; a fine artist, superb engineer, brilliant scientist and accomplished architect. Yet Hooke was written out of history. Even his portrait mysteriously disappeared. This tale of intrigue and betrayal celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. Suitable for ages 12+

Tickets £10/ £5

14 & 15 September



Lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike will delight in Flanders and Swann's wonderful songs, including The Hippopotamus, The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), A Song of Patriotic Prejudice and Madeira M'Dear.

Tickets £18, £8

16 September

Plus support
In aid of Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Dave Spikey is best known for co-writing and co-starring with Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights and more recently as team captain on Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats, host of Bullseye and presenter of TV Book Club.

Tickets £14, £16, £18

17 & 18 September

Original 40s-style rip-roaring tales, with sound effects created live by an acclaimed cast, fresh from two sell-out London runs and most recently a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010.

Tickets £8, £10, £15

23 September - 23 October

A Rose Theatre production
Directed by Stephen Unwin
Starring Celia Imrie, with Stephen Boxer, Alexandra Gilbreath and Adrian Lukis. Full cast to be announced.

Noël Coward (1899-1973) was born in Teddington, and wrote some of the greatest plays of the twentieth century. Famous for its outrageous and eccentric characters, and the speed, precision and polish of the language, Hay Fever (1924) is Coward at his finest.

When four guests arrive at a country house by the Thames, they expect a civilised weekend of polite conversation and illicit love affairs. But the famous actress Judith Bliss, her novelist husband and their two grown-up children are eccentric bohemians and, as confusion mounts, their unwitting guests are desperate to flee.

Olivier award-winning actress and comedienne, Celia Imrie has starred in Acorn Antiques, Calendar Girls, Dinnerladies and Bridget Jones' Diary.

Tickets £8 - £30

26 September, 31 October, 5 December

The Comedy Store continues its monthly residency, presenting the best stand-up from around the globe on your doorstep on the last Sunday of the month. Check the Rose website for line-up.

Tickets £10, £12, £14

Sunday 24 October

Western Europe's leading piano and voice-based lounge act has notched up Olivier Award-nominated West End seasons, series for BBC radio and television and international tours as Joan Rivers' support act of choice.

Tickets £7, £10, £15, £20

26 - 30 October

Northern Broadsides presents
By George Orwell
Adapted by Nick Lane
Directed by Conrad Nelson

A solitary figure, Winston Smith clings to a vision of a different future. What begins as an act of rebellion and hope quickly descends into a nightmare of doomed love, personal betrayal and the terrors of Room 101.

Following on from Othello, Romeo and Juliet and The Canterbury Tales, Conrad Nelson brings this classic to the Rose, with his trademark energy, ear for language and instinct for every pulse, nerve and sinew in the script.

Tickets £8 - £20

7 November

Bizet Carmen Suite
Pachabel Canon
Rodrigo Guitar Concerto
Dvorák Symphony No.9,
‘From the New World'

Conductor Gareth Hancock
Guitar Richard Durrant

Tickets £12 - £32

13 November
BBC London Jazz Festival


Soprano and tenor saxophones Andy Sheppard
Guitar John Parricelli
Guitar and electronics Eivind Aarset
Double bass Arild Andersen
Tabla and percussion Kuljit Bhamra

The music for this extraordinarily gifted line-up bears all Sheppard's famed characteristics - melodic themes, inventive use of texture and an unerring sense of rhythm which sets the pace for world jazz at its unclassifiable best.

Tickets £12 - £20

14 November

Following last year's sell-out success of the Tiffin Oratorio Choir's performance of Haydn's Creation, the 250-strong choir return to perform Mendelssohn's well-loved oratorio Elijah.

Tickets £15, £20

15 - 20 November

A Filter production in association with the RSC
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sean Holmes

In this enormously funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare's much-loved comedy, dynamic narrative, witty invention and bursts of music result in a joyous celebration. Suitable for ages 12+

Tickets £8 - £27

27 November - 2 January

A Rose Theatre & Bud Martin co-production
A New Musical
Directed by Francis Matthews

The Rose Theatre joins forces with Broadway producer Bud Martin to present The Three Musketeers, a brand new musical adapted from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Three Musketeers will play at the Rose prior to the West End.

With dreams of joining his childhood idols, The Musketeers, D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, a city seething with deadly secrets, romance and danger.

Despite their reputation, time has not been kind to the legendary Athos, Porthos and Aramis, and they are no longer the heroes they once were. As he battles to distinguish friend from foe, D'Artagnan finds that his greatest test may be the battle for the heart of the one he loves.

Energetic and physical, this new production of The Three Musketeers features an original score by George Stiles (Mary Poppins, Honk), lyrics by Paul Leigh and book by Peter Raby with Francis Matthews. Original concept by William Hobbs. Suitable for ages 10+

Tickets £8 - £32

7 - 30 December


Teachers go free! Recommended for ages 4+, parental guidance. Running time 55 minutes.

For younger children with family or school groups, we have a Christmas storytelling show from the grand master of children's writing, David Wood OBE.

Combining storytelling with magic, music and audience participation, David, ‘the national children's dramatist' (The Times), will re-enact his world-famous play, book and TV series The Gingerbread Man. The show also features A Present for Father Christmas and Funny Bunny's Magic Show.

Tickets £6.50

Time to Talk with David Wood and Stephen Unwin: 13 October, 5.30pm.

Tickets £5/£3

23 January

Tickets £10/ £22

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

Having won almost every brass band accolade, these musicians have a highly acclaimed international reputation with numerous television appearances and recordings to their credit.

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