The Rose Theatre Kingston announces new 2017 Season

Three world premieres announced.

Junkyard Musical

The Rose Theatre in Kingston have announced their new season for 2017.

The 2017 season will begin with the world premiere of Sandi Toksvig’s comedy Silver Lining in co-production with English Touring Theatre which runs from 3 to 11 February with an official opening on 8 February 2017. Directed by Rebecca Gatward it is designed by Michael Taylor with sound design by Mic Pool and lighting design by Mark Doubleday.

"On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies are trading stories of their remarkable lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves!"

This will be followed by the world premiere of My Brilliant Friend, a two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet of novels by April de Angelis will fun from 25 February to 2 April 2017, with an official opening on 11 March.

"This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles. But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another."

The Rose Theatre Kingston will collaborate with Headlong, Bristol Old Vic and Theatr Clwyd to present Junkyard, a new musical with book and lyrics by Jack Thorne and music by Stephen Warbeck which runs from 19 to 30 April 2017.

"It's 1979, rubbish is on the streets, and it’s tricky being Fiz. She's 13, she's got no money, her sister's pregnant and her mum thinks she’s a waste of space...Rick remembers what it’s like to be a teenager. So when he decides to build a junk playground in Bristol, he's pretty sure he has the charisma to get a bunch of reluctant kids involved. He's wrong. But with some old-fashioned emotional bribery, Rick persuades Fiz, Higgy and Ginger to help him. And the project turns from something that means nothing to something that means a lot. And kids that care about nothing, start to care a lot. But darkness has a way of coming back and biting you when you least expect it."

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall, People, Places and Things, This House) it is described as a "coming-of-age story about friendship and standing up for what matters."

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