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Manuel Harlan

4 STARS: Amanda Hodges enjoys a sparkling double bill of plays about the life of innovative eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth at the Rose Theatre Read more


August 30 – September 2. The Youth Music Theatre's unique musical adaptation of Shakespeare's problem play A Winter's Tale hits all the right notes, says Aliya Al Hassan Read more


With so many pubs in and around Kingston, it can be hard to find the perfect one after a hard day's work. Michele Theil rounds up the 10 best pubs in Kingston for good food, amazing drinks and a great atmosphere. Read more

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Slater King

With dementia rapidly on the rise, Kingston Hospital is pioneering a new style of ward for elderly care. Samantha Laurie explores a world of movement and light Read more


Performer and director Grania Pickard talks to Victoria Chapman about the influence of her autistic younger brother Sean ahead of He Ain't Heavy's arrival in Kingston next week Read more

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Robert Day

3 STARS, May 29 – June 3. The story is slow on the get-go and idles over cheery songs but charming nonetheless, says Read more


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2 STARS, May 14-19. An intriguing premise is let down by a thin and implausible plot, says Alice Cairns Read more


5 STARS. AnimAlphabet is slick, professional and full of colour. "By far one of the best children’s performances I’ve seen," says Sharon Wallace Read more


2 STARS, May 9-12. Aliya Al-Hassan is left unimpressed by 20th Century Boy at Kingston's Rose Theatre Read more



Mark Douet

5 STARS, April 13 – May 6. The Rose Theatre's production of Much Ado Nothing gives an imaginative Mafia spa twist to a much-loved Shakespearean classic, says Alan Long Read more


Former Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc talks to Jane McGowan about why she is happy to be swapping soggy bottoms for Shakespeare Read more

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Yasmin Balai

It started with a car crash. But in the 25 years since then, JoJo Maman Bébé has been a runaway success. Miranda Jessop finds its creator, Laura Tenison, still happy and excited at the wheel Read more

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Tristram Kenton

The Rose Theatre, Kingston officially opened its doors 10 years ago this month. Jane McGowan chats to Executive Producer Jerry Gunn as the team prepares to celebrate Read more


One local retiree recalls her working life at Bentalls as if it were yesterday. Miranda Jessop meets her Read more

Celebrity Interviews

4 STARS. Sharon Wallace and her children enjoy a fine old time at Little Goats, a Rose Theatre show for under 6s at the Richard Mayo Centre in Kingston Read more


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5 STARS, November 9-18. An utterly brilliant, innovative and enjoyable social car crash of a show, says Fiona Adams Read more


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3 STARS, October 31 – November 4. A fast-paced 1920s satire that entertains but leaves you yearning for more, says Jonathan Lewis Read more


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Edmond Terakopian

3 STARS, October 3-14. Amanda Hodges reviews an engaging production of one of Tom Stoppard’s best-known works at the Rose Theatre Read more


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Nobby Clark

As the theatre world mourns the loss of Sir Peter Hall, his biographer Stephen Fay reflects on the director’s struggle to found the Rose Theatre Read more


Laurence Fox has been waiting in the wings. Now he’s ready for The Real Thing. Jane McGowan finds him warming to his latest role Read more