Rose Theatre Kingston

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Located near Kingston's pretty riverside, the Rose Theatre Kingston opened in 2008 but has a design inspired by a theatre once used by Shakespeare.

Giving the audience a closer-up view of its productions, this character-filled theatre boasts a "thrust stage" inspired by the design of Elizabethan Rose Theatre in Bankside, where the plays of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were once performed.

With plenty of recognisable British names in starring roles, and a range of plays to suit just about any theatre fan's taste, this is a great alternative to central London's West End for emerging productions and touring shows.

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Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street
0871 2301552

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Yelp Reviews

7.00 out of 5
based on 8 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rose Theatre Kingston

4.0 out of 5
20 April 2009
by Lizzie S.

What a fantastic arts centre!

I came here to see The vagina monologues with my sister and a friend last Saturday and it was fabulous. They have a huge selection of performances showing and it's totally worth checking out their website for more details of this. Not only that but they hold workshops and bok groups and dance classes.

The bar was light and open and really quite pleasant to wait... more

4.0 out of 5
31 May 2010
by thesussexidler

Drove up recently to hear a talk in this new theatre in my former home town. Has somebody forgotten to finish the place? The foyer was most groovesome & there were volunteers aplenty to aid my, er, experience but when we went into the small studio it was breeze block central. There was even a mezzanine floor missing. I can't say it bothered me much but it would have if I'd have tried to enter... more

5.0 out of 5
22 December 2010
by katiemoritz

I went to see 'The Three Musketeers last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was a really engaging musical, one minute I was surprised, delighted, shocked, moved and saddened! The sword fighting was amazing; I've never seen any close up, the songs were great and I particularly enjoyed the performances of Artemis (channeling Russell Brand?) and Charlotte (I never knew what she was really... more

3.0 out of 5
21 March 2014
by Andy G.

Fairly basic setup. Not what I would call a traditional theatre like the west end. (No curtains, stage wings etc.)

I went to the comedy night and it was great, the basic set up accommodates the standup comedians. The added advantage is that locals don't have to travel into London for good comedy. The ticket prices are very reasonable and it makes a good night out, with good parking (5mins walk... more

5.0 out of 5
14 February 2008
by amethyst

A long-anticipated addition to Kingston's cultural heritage, this new theatre finally opened, after an extended wait, in January 2008. Sir Peter Hall has been involved with the project since its inception - although he is now moving-on - and directed the opening production of Chekov's Uncle Vanya.

Inspired by theatres of yore, the decor is far from lavish but clean and basic (in a good way)... more

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