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  • A night of ‘awesome’ Austen

    A night of ‘awesome’ Austen0

    Were Jane Austen to have sat through the Rose Theatre’s stage adaptation of her novel Persuasion she would, artistic director Chris Haydon suggests, have thought it “awesome”. She’d certainly have been bemused by signs outside the auditorium warning of strong language; probably racking her brain to recall any effing or blinding. Yet ‘awesome’ is an

  • Fancy making a film?

    Fancy making a film?0

    • Arts
    • 24th January 2022

    Chris Haydon – artistic director at Kingston’s Rose Theatre – has urged young Surbiton film-makers to be part of a new silver-screen festival this summer. Pictured on the left of this triumvirate of worthies, Chris said that the line between theatre and cinema had blurred in lockdown, opening up extra avenues to success for anyone

  • A dramatic tour de force

    A dramatic tour de force0

    • Arts
    • 11th November 2021

    Compelling and absorbing, the latest offering from the Rose is a wide-ranging exploration of modern issues, referencing women created by a playwright a mere 2,500 years ago. Yet you need to know nothing about Euripides or the subjects of his ancient Greek writings to appreciate the mesmerising stagecraft of Niamh Cusack and Shannon Hayes as

  • World premiere in town

    World premiere in town0

    • Arts
    • 26th October 2021

    Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Smeds and the Smoos has its world premiere tomorrow at Kingston’s Rose Theatre, playing for five days before setting off on a UK tour. Based on the Children’s Book of the Year, the tale of two star-crossed aliens on a far-off planet was developed by Tall Stories

  • Can Leopards change spots?

    Can Leopards change spots?0

    • Arts
    • 17th September 2021

    In the league of spot-changers, climate charity mandarin Ben has a virtuous smugness and an inability to alter his ways. This particular leopard fancies he’s the hunter, but it rapidly transpires he’s the prey in the world premiere of Alys Metcalf’s tense thriller Leopards, which runs until Saturday September 25 at Kingston’s Rose. It’s a

  • International Youth Arts festival plants seeds for creative growth

    International Youth Arts festival plants seeds for creative growth0

    Part Man. Part Tree. Meet Arbor. Follow the 18ft puppet as he strides around, vanishing behind branches in Canbury Gardens and emerging with a cartful of seeds. Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future. Encouraging the audience to plant and nurture their own, each

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