Rose Theatre has announced its schedule of upcoming performances. They include:
Wednesday 18 May - Saturday 21 May
Mr Benn, an ordinary man, lives on an ordinary street, and makes the same ordinary journey every day to his ordinary office. One day everything changes: he stumbles across an extraordinary costume shop, with an extraordinary changing room which leads to adventures... For ages 3+. Press tickets available.
Sunday 22 May, 5pm
AN AUDIENCE WITH PAM AYRES
Following her sell-out performance in 2008, Pam Ayres returns to the Rose with material from her bestselling books, Surgically Enhanced, With These Hands and The Works, along with new poems and stories.
Tuesday 24 May - Saturday 28 May
Northern Broadsides' haunting production employs theatrical sleight of hand to conjure ghosts of the dead and demons of the mind, bringing you an inventive and insightful take on the tortured Danish Prince. Production photo attached.
Wednesday 25 May, 1pm
Lionel Shriver found fame with her Orange Prize-winning novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. As part of the Kingston Readers' Festival, she will talk about her new book So Much For That, which is a tense study of the US healthcare system, and offers the same forensic analysis of situations and relationships. Chaired by Alison Baverstock of Kingston University.
Sunday 29 May, 7.30pm
THE COMEDY STORE
The Comedy Store continues its monthly residency, presenting the best stand-up from around the globe on your doorstep on the last Sunday of the month. Line up includes Geoff Norcott, Mike Gunn, Dave Fulton and Jeff Innocent.
Tickets £12, £14
Monday 30 May, 7.30pm
ONE-MAN STAR WARS
Charles Ross presents the whole of the Star WarsTM Trilogy in one show. He single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plot into just sixty minutes! Whether you're a committed Star Wars fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced, side-splitting evening that's out of this world, make sure you don't miss it!
Tickets £12, £16
Tuesday 31 May, 4pm
CHINESEWISE VARIETY SHOW
A specially selected presentation which celebrates the achievements of all enthusiasts in Chinese culture, this unique event will have a wide appeal to families. Programme includes Chinese folk dances, martial arts, music, choir, drama, poetry recital, story-telling, Beijing Opera and Cantonese Opera excerpts, and exclusive guest performances.
Wednesday 1 June, 7.30pm
Live Suggs reveals the Madness front man on a mission. He takes us on his unique journey across Britain in search of his long-lost father and his Scottish clan roots, in a show that is part music, part personal vision, part music hall extravaganza. It's a surprising, hilarious and sometimes sad story.
Suggs will be joined on stage by a pianist and the occasional surprise guest!
Tickets £15, £25
Friday 3 June, 7.30pm
Penguin Café's music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless themes tunes, and they've played festivals from Bestival and The Big Chill to the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and a beguiling feisty charm.
Tickets £18, £20
Saturday 4 June, 7.30pm
Having successfully spent more than 40 years in the notoriously fickle world of showbusiness, Tarby revisits the Rose this summer. A master of live performance, he will be sharing anecdotes, demonstrating his quickfire wit and thoroughly entertaining the audience in a show which promises comedy for grown-ups rather than adult comedy.
Tickets £18, £22.50
Monday 6 June, 7.30pm
LADY ANTONIA FRASER
Lady Antonia Fraser speaks with Richard Cohen of Kingston University about her writing. The discussion is followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.
As the author of many acclaimed historical works, which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette and memoir Must You Go, Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999 and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000.
Saturday 11 June, 7pm
CARNIVAL VIBES IN KINGSTON
Celebrate the summer solstice in sizzling fashion with this special colourful evening, showcasing the best of Kingston's Carnival artists in the run up to 2011 and 2012. Get into the groove as bands, singers and dancers representing diverse communities and cultures come together for one night only at this special fundraising event.
Monday 13 June, 5.30pm
TIME TO TALK WITH Gyles Brandreth
Writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip, Gyles Brandreth is also one of the most popular after-dinner speakers on the circuit. He joins us at the Rose to chat about his varied career.