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5 Comedies at Rose Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published January 5th 2014
Shakespeare at his funniest

I hope you have your funny bone switched on because the Rose Theatre in Kingston have a line up of hilarious shows for both adults and children, Whether you are a fan of pantomime or prefer the less sophisticated side of Shakespeare, prepared to be tickled by five blooming good comedies and blooming good prices.

If you are willing to sit on the floor, then you can get tickets for just 5. They may not be the comfiest seats in the house, but it will put you right up close to the stage. Bring your own cushion or fold up deck chair if you like. If you have kids, why not buy them floor tickets, while you buy a seat (13-28.50)? They will probably like sitting on the ground, and might feel 'grown-up' at not having to sit next to mum and dad. It is a useful way to budget for a big family night out.

7th - 12th January, 1pm, 1.30pm, & 7.30pm

An adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's children's classic, The Wind and the Willows, Toad will be performed and directed by a different each night, meaning no show will ever be the same.

18th January, 7pm

A traditional panto, performed by the St. James's Players in support of the Kingston Mayor's Charitable Trust, which includes the Alzheimer's Society and Princess Alice Hospice.

Fallen Angels
27th January - 1st February, 2.3pm & 7.30pm

They look like the angels from that Philadelphia Cheese advert, but Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe actually play Julia and Jane from Bill Kenwright's celebrated West End comedy, Fallen Angels. While their passionless husbands are off playing golf, Julia and Jane's 'mutual long-ago-lover' pays a visit. Out comes the champagne, the secrets, and the jealousy.

Donkey's Years
6th - 22nd February, 7.30pm

Get ready for a university reunion full of middle-aged men in dinner jackets. In attendance will be Roddy Moore, who was everyone's hero back in the day. As the night gets on and the wine disappears, a sophisticated evening soon turns wild.

The Comedy of Errors
12th-15th March, 2pm & 7pm

Acted by Propeller, an all-male theatre company, William Shakespeare's The Comedy Full of Errors tells the story of two estranged twins separated at birth, who meet each other twenty-five years later. Hilarity ensues with moments of mistaken identity, wild mishaps, and a family crisis.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
12th-15th March, 2pm & 7.30pm

Propeller sends theatre back to the olden days when men played all the female roles. This should prove to make Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream even more amusing and confusing, as the fairies of the forest start playing matchmaker with their magic.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 7th Jan - 15h March
Phone: 08444 821 556
Where: Rose Theatre
Cost: 5-28.50
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