The Rose Theatre in Kingston has announced details of three major productions to be showcased at the theatre during 2016. 

As well as Maxine Peake’s Beryl opening in March and Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed  opening in April as part of the theatre’s spring season – there are now three additional productions taking place at the Rose Theatre over the year.


In May, the Rose Theatre will see the return of director Trevor Nunn, following his  successful production of The Wars of the Roses. This time he is directing a production of Shakespeare’s King John – to mark the Bard’s 400th anniversary. The production will run from the 13th May to the 5th June. 

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His youngest brother John has become King of England despite claims from the French that the throne should go to his nephew, Prince Arthur. As war is declared between England and France an inheritance dispute is brought before the King by Richard’s illegitimate son, ‘the Bastard’.


Heading forwards into September, award-winning actor and director John Malkovich will make his London directorial debut with a production of Zach Helm’s Good Canary. The UK premiere production of the play will run at the theatre from the 16th September to the 8th October. 

Following rave reviews for his first novel, Jack is on the verge of signing a multi-million-dollar deal with a leading publisher. With his wife Annie struggling with addiction and mental illness, will she cope with the public scrutiny that comes with success?

Set in New York, this hard-hitting and darkly witty play explores the spiral of self-destruction and the cost of creativity.


Finally, the Rose Theatre will be producing its first Arthur Miller play with a production of All My Sons. It will be directed by American director Michael Rudman, running at the the theatre from the 28th October to the 19th November. 

Joe Keller is a thriving businessman who, during World War II, knowingly supplied the American airforce with defective engines, leading to the deaths of innocent pilots. To avoid the blame, he let his business partner take the fall, but during a sunny afternoon Joe is confronted by the consequences of his moral actions as a visitor arrives to reveal a secret that will rip his family apart.

Casting for all of the productions have yet to be announced.

Chief Executive of Rose Theatre Kingston Robert O’Dowd said today, “It’s a huge honour for the Rose to be continuing our journey in this way – producing brilliant plays with some of the most exciting artists from both the theatre and film worlds.”

Actor John Malkovich commented: “I’m delighted to be working at the Rose and very pleased to be working again on the Good Canary, and to be finally working on the play in its native language.”

Tickets for all the productions in the season are on sale now.