The theatre in Kingston has unveiled details of its reopening season, as it prepares to open its doors for the first time since lockdown.
Opening its doors to the public on the 28th October, the Rose Theatre has announced a special ‘Return to the Rose Season’, that will adhere to robust risk mitigation processes and will comply with the government’s current COVID-19 secure guidelines.
This newly announced season will feature a variety of socially distanced shows including he 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson playing from 28th October – 14th November; Live at the Rose with Russell Kane on 1st November; the award-winning production of Apphia Campbell’s WOKE from 16th – 18th November;and a festive family offering of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man from 10th December – 3rd January 2021. More shows are set to be added to the programme soon.
In the meantime, the Rose’s front of house seating areas, including the Rose Café, will remain closed until further notice, however pre-ordered refreshments can be purchased via the Rose food and beverage app.
Talking about the news, Christopher Haydon, Artistic Director at the Rose said: “To begin to see the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel is a welcome relief. While the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the Rose and on our community in Kingston upon Thames, I’m delighted that we have been able to secure a series of entertaining and provocative work. I am also looking forward to my first full season of original productions, which will come next year. During these six months, our relentlessly adaptable staff have embodied the resilience of the Rose. Our reopening is a testament to them and the support we continue to receive from our audiences.”
For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.rosetheatre.org/