Rose Academy

Tue 27 Aug - Sun 1 Sep
Ages: 16-25 years
Price: £250

The UK is home to some of the most prestigious drama schools in the world, so it’s hardly a surprise that more than one thousand applicants audition for each place. The Rose Academy is a unique and very special course that draws on the expertise of leading drama school facilitators, directors and actors to offer an insight into conservatoire training and techniques to maximise your chances of getting a place on the course you want. We have been running this course for six years, with a great hit rate at schools like RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, Central, Oxford and East15. Participation on the Academy is by audition only.

Email [email protected] to organise an audition.

Rose Playwriting 

Tue 23 Apr - Tue 16 Jul
Times: 7 - 9.30pm 
Price: £250

Our popular playwriting course is run by the brilliant playwright and dramaturg Stephen Brown, whose plays include Occupational Hazards (Hampstead Theatre), Faster (Filter Theatre at BAC and 59E59 New York), Does My Society Look Big in This? (Bristol Old Vic) and Future Me (Theatre503 and Public Theatre New York). Stephen has been a core teacher at the Rose for eight years and many of his students have gone on to work as professional playwrights.

Over twelve weeks you will be taken through every step of writing a play, from character development and structure, to its professional application. In a small group you will analyse classic and modern works, as well as taking part in creative writing exercises and receiving individual feedback on your work. At the end of term, we invite experienced theatre directors and a group of actors to workshop scenes from your plays, giving you a unique opportunity to see how new writing is approached by professionals in the rehearsal room.

Whether you write as part of your job, or just fancy putting pen to paper for the first time, whether you end up with a fully polished play, or a score of ideas, this is a really enjoyable and focused springboard for your creativity. Click here for more info.

Rose Players

Cost: £200. Classes: Monday evenings 7pm-9.30pm. 
Next term starts: Mon 29 Apr - Mon 22 Jul.

Rose Players is our introductory acting group open for anyone aged over 18. We welcome actors of all ages and experience to take part in classes that focus on professional-process and technique.

Perhaps you’ve never acted before, or perhaps you are returning to it. All you need is enthusiasm and to be able to commit to the classes over the course of the term. We explore major practitioners, methods of working on different styles of text, improvisation and vocal techniques that are applicable to many different areas of life.

The course is directed by Anthony Hoskyns, an actor and director who is currently working toward his MFA in Directing at Birkbeck University London. Anthony has worked professionally as an actor for 8 years having graduated with a BA in Acting from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been directing for us at the Rose for 5 years. When appropriate, guest directors may also work with you on specialist skills and there will be an informal showing of your work at the end of term.

Whether you are thinking about professional training or you're an enthusiastic amateur, this is a great way to spend your Monday evenings.

Rose Company

Our new group for the over 55s meets on a Monday afternoon here at the Rose.  Everyone is welcome to join – no acting experience is required and there’ll be no line learning! For more information, please email [email protected].

How to Book 

To book a place on Rose Players or Rose Playwriting, please call the Rose Theatre Kingston box office on 020 8174 0090. 

For more information, please call 020 8939 4060 or email [email protected]

Please note: these courses require regular attendance. Please do not book a place if you know that you cannot attend all sessions. 

Please email [email protected] ask about concession rates for students/OAPs/income support, or with any other queries.