The theatre in Kingston-Upon-Thames has announced their latest initiative to bring creativity into people’s homes.

It has been announced that Adjoa Andoh, Angellica Bell, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Eccleston, Jane Asher and Paterson Joseph are among several actors and creatives who have filmed themselves reading their favourite poems for the Rose to release online over the next couple of weeks as part of the theatre’s new initiative Readings from the Rose.

Released through the Rose Theatre’s website, these readings can be viewed by anybody free of charge to provide some entertainment while the theatre remains in the dark.

The first poem which has been released is In Spite of War by Angela Morgan, read by television presenter and Rose Board member Angellica Bell. Talking about the project Angellica said: “I’ve been working with the Rose for about a year now and I love it. It’s an incredible venue with wonderfully dedicated staff. The Readings From The Rose initiative is simply beautiful. I feel passionately that everyone, no matter who they are, should have access to the arts. I hope that some of the wonderful words shared over the coming weeks serves to inspire creativity whilst we are all cooped up inside.”

The readings will feature work by writers such as A. A. Milne, A. E. Housman, Anna Kamienska, D. H. Lawrence, Hillaire Belloc, John Cooper Clarke, John Keats, Mark Halliday, Miroslav Holub, Paterson Joseph, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.

Further readings will be released every day over the next few weeks and published on the Rose’s website and social media channels. Those currently reading for the Rose include: Adjoa Andoh, Anjana Vasan, Anton Lesser, Arthur Darvill, Christopher Eccleston, Hattie Morahan, Jane Asher, Louise Brealey, Niamh Cusack, Olivia Vinall, Paterson Joseph, Paul Higgins, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Stephen Boxer.

For more information visit: https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/news/readings-from-the-rose