Summer Schools

In our tenth year of high quality summer schools for young people, the Rose is the place to come for a fun introduction to drama or to develop next-level skills.

Whether it’s a short course packed with games, storytelling and character, a full production of a Play-in-a-Week, or our prestigious Rose Academy to help you get into a top drama school, there really is something for everyone aged 7-25.

All our courses take place in beautiful Kingston, either at the Rose or one of our very local rehearsal venues.

Over previous summers, our team has included directors from the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and even Olivier Award-winning actors! All the courses are supported by well-trained and enthusiastic assistants.

We take students from down the road and around the world – so why not join us this summer for a transformative experience!

If you would like details of our 2019 courses please contact Sarah Kingsford on 0208 939 4050 or email [email protected].


Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: St John's Warehouse, Hampton Wick 

Ages: 7-11

Fee: £100

Looking for something brilliant to entertain your child whilst you are at work? We can offer two days of unmitigated fun and games, exploring storytelling, character and literacy. In small groups with experienced and talented teachers, children quickly develop skills in team-work, leadership, creativity and self-confidence.


Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Richard Mayo Centre, Kingston (students to be dropped and collected from the Rose)

Ages: 7-11

Fee: £140

We love our popular three day courses, working on storytelling themes and techniques for an invited showing on day three. Working in small groups with our core teachers, children are likely to see a rapid development in self-confidence and teamwork. We encourage a creative approach to storytelling whilst working on vocal techniques, focus and character. It’s always great to see how excited the children are to share their experience with their parents.


Fee: £200

Why not sign up for two days of games, followed by one of our themed three day courses. Five days of fun, structured learning!

Plays-in-a-Week (for ages 10 - 15)

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Rose Theatre Kingston

Fee: £200


The Jungle Book - SOLD OUT

By Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Ciaran McConville

Date: Mon 30 Jul – Sat 4 Aug

Ages: 10-14

This is one of our summer favourites and always a popular title. Journey thought the forest with man-cub Mowgli, as he learns the law of the jungle from the wolf pack, a wise old panther and a dangerous tiger. Imaginatively designed and staged for a young ensemble.


Charlotte’s Web - SOLD OUT

By E.B. White, adapted by Joseph Robinette

Date: Mon 6 – Sat 11 Aug

Ages: 10-14

A gorgeous adaptation of one of America’s great children’s stories. A young pig has his bacon saved by a selfless spider with a knack for weaving words.


Alice in Winterland - SOLD OUT

By Ciaran McConville, based on Lewis Carroll’s books

Date: Mon 13 – Sat 18 Aug

Ages: 10-14

Follow Alice on a quest to save Wonderland, a place of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens, strong-minded dodos and friendly knights, inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock. This is your chance to take part in a studio version of the critically acclaimed play that the Rose produced for its main stage.


The Railway Children - SOLD OUT

By E. Nesbit, adapted by Ciara Morris

Date: Mon 20 – Sat 25 Aug

Ages: 11-14

After the sudden departure of their father, Bobby, Peter and Phyllis are uprooted to a cottage in Yorkshire with their mother. There they fall in love with the railway and become involved in the lives of people connected to it. This exciting, heartfelt story by E Nesbit is given a fresh adaptation for the stage while remaining faithful in essence to the original.


Much Ado About Nothing - SOLD OUT

By William Shakespeare

Date: Mon 27 Aug – Sat 1 Sep

Ages: 11-15

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. A group of soldiers returning from abroad rests at the house of Leonarto, where best-laid plans seem thwarted by an embittered brother, before a test of true love leads to unexpected unions and a sparkling, hilarious resolution.

Rose Academy

Summer 2019

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 interview.


'So much achieved in such short time, I thought the play was brilliant!' Parent, 2017 (Plays-in-a-Week)

'The show was great - so entertaining, with moments of humour, pathos, action and lots of fun' Parent, 2017 (Plays-in-a-Week)

'It was an amazing show - what an achievement to do it in an entire summer let alone a week!' Parent, 2017 (Plays-in-a-Week)

'The show was excellent and it was clear how hard the cast and director had worked!' Parent, 2017 (Plays-in-a-Week)

'Our daughter has come away with so much confidence, a great set of skills and lovely new friends' Parent 2016 (Three Day Course)

'Thank you for a great course. Our son had a brilliant time and is very keen to do another' Parent 2016 (Two Day Course)

'Rose Youth Theatre’s talent and polish is impressive, their enthusiasm is irresistible' The Times on Alice in Winterland, 2017

'I've thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the Academy. Meeting so many amazing people is inspirational' Student, 2017 (Rose Academy)

'An amazing week! One of the most insightful and enjoyable courses I have ever done, going way beyond my expectations because it made me feel like an artist and not just a student' Student, 2015 (Rose Academy)