22 June 2022
The Rose’s Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon, is delighted to announce the first Rose Productions in the 2022/23 Season, beginning on 9 September with the London premiere of Anthony McCarten’s The Two Popes starring Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson. This is followed by Haydon’s own production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in a new version by Steve Waters, with music by Michael Henry and with a cast featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher as Grusha Vashnadze. The Importance of Being Earnest is being retold in a Rose Original, ETT and Leeds Playhouse co-production directed by the 2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson. Rounding off 2022 will be a new version of A Christmas Carol by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, with music by Eamonn O’Dwyer and directed by Rosie Jones.
Christopher Haydon said of the new season, 'Nothing beats the shared collective experience that comes from one group of humans telling gripping tales to another group of humans – live and in real-time. I want the Rose to become a place that takes the familiar and makes it feel fierce and fresh. So, I am delighted that this season includes radical reinterpretations of some of the greatest stories from around the world. We have work that will fire the imaginations of young and old alike, and I hope audiences will discover that every show is as entertaining as it is enriching. So, put a date with the Rose in your diary this season – we’reready to transport you, we’re ready to surprise you, and most importantly, we’re ready to offer you a great night out.'
Ahead of the autumn season, Kingston International Film Festival and three new plays co-produced by Rose Theatre and Paines Plough in the Roundabout Festival are coming to Kingston from 24 to 26 June and 11 to 24 July respectively.
Also announced as part of the new season are Dinosaur World Live, playing 26 - 30 October 2022, Noughts + Crosses, playing 31 January - 11 February 2023, Room on the Broom, playing 14 - 19 February 2023, and The Smeds and the Smoos, playing 4 - 16 April 2023.