At Kingston's Rose Theatre you can see original plays, adaptations, listen to concerts, and attend seminars. It produces many of its own productions, as well as hosts several visiting shows too.
Because it is so close to Kingston University, the theatre appeals to a lot of students, which means there is the added bonus that tickets are inexpensive.
I was expecting to see a flood of Christmas productions on offer this year, but for the most part they have stayed away from the festive theme, and carried on as normal. Perhaps that is because The Rose Theatre appeals more to adults than children. They do occasionally put on shows for young audiences though, and it just so happens that the next on is the only Christmassy play they are doing.
The Snow Gorilla Is an original play made specifically for The Rose Theatre, and although it has a bit of a 'Nelly the Elephant' theme, it has mainly been conjured up by the imagination of Tudor Davies.
Join Sunny as he fulfils his dream of running away to the circus. On his adventure, he meets the mighty Gor, and falls in love with the ringmaster's daughter. It is everything he could possibly have hoped for. Until he discovers a dark secret within the big top.
With tickets costing between £8-£27, it is a perfect show for all the family. Far more than just a play, there will be African Acrobats, Spanish Flamenco, jugglers, contortionists, and death defying aerialists. The first performance is on 29th November and continues to the 5th January.
The Rose Theatre will also be holding a Christmas Concert on the 11th December, this annual fund raiser will include carols and music performed by the local Tiffin Boys Choir and Kingston University's Twist Choir. Tickets to the show are £10-£20.