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Rose Theatre Kingston

The Rose Theatre opened in January 2008 to great acclaim and has hosted many successful visiting productions, as well as its very first home grown production, Love's Labour's Lost directed by Peter Hall. A Christmas Carol, directed by Stephen Unwin is the Rose's first Christmas show.

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The Rose takes its inspiration from the Elizabethan theatre of the same name, in which several of Shakespeare's early plays were premiered.

The great circle of the Rose's auditorium provides the template for everything we do: all embracing, accessible, warm-hearted, popular, intelligent and stylish. Productions of scenic simplicity and human scale embrace the particular features of the Rose's exceptional stage and are characterised by an uncompromising emphasis on the value of language and the spoken word.

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The Convict's Opera

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Venue Rose Theatre
Location 24-26 High Street
Categories Antipodean Event
Price Free
Event Details
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 28 March
Out of Joint & Sydney  Theatre  Company present
By Stephen Jeffreys.
A new piece of music theatre, adapted from
The Beggar's Opera by John Gay
Rose Theatre, Kingston
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL 
"Filled with great humour and pathos, beautiful and surprising music, memorable  
 characters and many terrific performances,  
The Convict's Opera
is an absolute must-see."
The Australian Stage 

The Convict's Opera
A very special theatre event, with a cast of talented actor musicians from Australia and the UK.  

Classic pop songs such as “500 Miles” and “I Fought the Law” are hilariously re-worked in this rich, poignant comedy, which features an extraordinary international cast of actors, singers, comedians and musicians, and choreography by John O’Connell, who choreographed Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom. Australian cast members include the celebrated Glenn Butcher, Ali McGregor, and Juan Jackson.  


This is the larger-than-life story that a group of convicts are forced to act out, as their ship, bound for Australia, speeds its way south on a one-way trip. Soon they find their own lives mirrored in the characters they play. Esteemed British director Max Stafford-Clark brilliantly and boisterously evokes the atmosphere on board.


The Convict’s Opera is a collaboration by two of the world's best-known theatre companies – the UK’s Out of Joint, and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Sydney Theatre Company.


We can pretty much guarantee you won't see anything like it this year.

Tickets from £7 (& group discounts) available at 
0871 230 1552
or in person at the Rose box office
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL

Production photos from The Convict's Opera by Olivia Martin-McGuire

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