The Rose Theatre Kingston has announced its full spring 2016 season.
Highlights of the season include three Rose productions. Firstly, a co-production of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed (with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton) telling the scandalous story of Shakespeare's daughter. The evocative play, first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway, is directed by James Dacre and runs at the Rose from 26th April – 7th May as part of a national tour.
Secondly, Nikolai Foster’s family production of the Roald Dahl classic The Witches, co-produced with Leicester’s Curve Theatre, which runs from 29th March – 10th April.
Finally, The Rose’s co-production of Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather returns for the spring half term from 24th – 28th February. Having premiered in Kingston last year, it has gone on to two runs in the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, as well as touring both nationally and internationally.
Robert O’Dowd, Chief Executive of the Rose Theatre Kingston, said today, “Following The Wars of the Roses, our most successful production at the box office since A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Judi Dench in 2010, we are all full of energy and excitement for the new year. We can’t wait to share our new Rose productions The Witches and The Herbal Bed, but also the best visiting work – such as Toast, which we are proud to be opening ahead of their national tour.”
The spring season also includes a programme of visiting theatre including Snapdragon Productions’ revival of Richard Bean’s Toast, starring Matthew Kelly, following a hugely successful London run in 2014; the return of Northern Broadsides with The Merry Wives, directed by Barrie Rutter; and the critically acclaimed Theatre Royal Bath production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews.
The musical programme includes visits from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, restaurant critic and jazz pianist Jay Rayner who mixes live music with comedic confessions, and a performance of Nocturne, a chronicle of the romantic life of Frederic Chopin told through readings of letters and diary entries, counterpointed with some of the composer's best-loved works and featuring Harriet Walter and Henry Goodman.