Much Ado About Nothing
To mark the Rose's 10th anniversary, we are thrilled to present a major revival of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Much Ado About Nothing, starring celebrated actress and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc alongside John Hopkins (Midsomer Murders, Poldark) as feuding lovers Beatrice and Benedick.
Don Pedro is victorious. The turf war in the city is won and the Mafia overlord brings his entourage to Messina, a luxury spa
hotel deep in the Sicilian hills, to hide out, recover and party. While Leonato, the hotel owner, fawns over his clan boss, his daughter, Hero, wins the heart of the Don’s young protégé. Meanwhile, Beatrice, the no-nonsense, customer-experience manager, has unfinished business to see to with Benedick, Pedro’s commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn.
Beneath its witty surface, Much Ado About Nothing is a powerful exploration of the struggle for love, identity and self-knowledge in a male-dominated world – as relevant today as ever. Our production will use Shakespeare’s language in a sharp contemporary setting that not only offers glorious opportunities for physical comedy amid the furnishings of a spa hotel but also provides a social context that enhances the darker themes in this timeless comic gem.
Starring Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing is a Rose co-production with Granville & Parham Productions and Antic Face. A household name for her television presenting and comedy work, Mel’s theatre credits include Luce (Southwark Playhouse), Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour (UK Tour), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse Theatre), Eurobeat (Novello) and New Boy(Trafalgar Studios).
Rose Theatre Kingston event
The 39 Steps
Mix a classic Hitchcock film with carefully crafted slapstick, four fearless actors playing over 100 roles and you have “The 39 Steps”! Join us as our hero flees across the country, wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, hunted by police and mysterious secret agents. Can he overcome them? Will the truth save him? And, most importantly, will he get the girl?
Richmond Shakespeare Society event
Stones in his Pockets
Stones in his Pockets by Marie Jones
Directed by Wesley Henderson Roe
Two actors, 16 roles - can they do it?
When Charlie, from Co. Antrim, and Jake, from Co. Kerry, meet as extras on a Hollywood film shoot in Ireland they strike up an unusual friendship. As the days tick by and their pay adds up they learn more about themselves, their local community and the people who have arrived in it than either would have imagined.
A West End hit and acting tour-de-force.
Teddington Theatre Club event
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
The Latymer Theatre Company presents Dario Fo’s hilarious Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Written in 1970 in response to the death in custody of an Italian anarchist, Fo’s version of the attempts by the police to cover up the death of Giuseppe Pinelli exposes the corruption at the heart of Italian politics at the time. Latymer Theatre Company’s troupe of young professional actors takes on one of the most popular farces of the twentieth century.
OSO Arts Centre event