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  • Xmas Carol is a feelgood fillip

    Xmas Carol is a feelgood fillip0

    Fancy a feelgood fillip to counteract these cold, cheerless days? The Rose Theatre’s festive show – always a high point of the year – is a truly spectacular pick-me-up. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s interpretation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a vibrant musical led by a surprisingly small adult cast of five, backed by a splendid

  • Train show dodges strikes

    Train show dodges strikes0

    No rail strikes are planned for this weekend, which is a mercy as Tolworth Showtrain, the popular model railway exhibition at Tolworth Recreation Centre, can go full steam ahead. If you thought model train layouts were rather lonely affairs confined to attics, think again. The event on Sat Nov 12 and Sun Nov 13 represents

  • Farce feels newly minted

    Farce feels newly minted0

    • Arts
    • 5th November 2022

    Oscar Wilde’s witty farce The Importance of Being Earnest has been given a vigorous twist at Kingston’s Rose, with a black cast directed by Denzel Westley-Sanderson. Lady Bracknell is played like a pantomime dame by drag queen Daniel Jacob, whose exaggerated camp gestures and mobile eyebrows almost seem superfluous in a show in which Wilde’s

  • Epic saga sweeps Rose stage

    Epic saga sweeps Rose stage0

    • Arts
    • 7th October 2022

    There’s a spectacular scale and scope to the Rose Theatre’s revival of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, once a mainstay of drama groups the world over but now performed less frequently. This is a big, bold, epic production, with the performers taking on dozens of different roles in a flurry of costume changes –

  • Children’s ribbon messages for the Queen at Surbiton station

    Children’s ribbon messages for the Queen at Surbiton station0

    Forty children from Lime Tree, Maple and St Andrew’s and St Mark’s schools wrote messages on ribbons and tied them to the fencing at Surbiton railway station this morning (Friday) in memory of the Queen. The tributes from the four to 11-year-olds will be added to over the weekend by other children from the Surbiton

  • Two Popes: double value

    Two Popes: double value0

    • Arts
    • 14th September 2022

    Nicholas Woodeson is perfectly cast as the future Pope Francis in The Two Popes at the Rose All pictures: Manuel Harlan Warning: incense. An unlikely audience caution ahead of a play, but as the curtains part on Anthony McCarten’s The Two Popes at Kingston’s Rose, aromatic smoke does permeate the auditorium. It’s a sumptuous, absorbing

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