COVID-19: News & Updates

Update: 3 April 2020, 17:12

Production & Events status updates 

Please see currently affected show updates below. This page will be updated regularly.

Affected customers have already been contacted regarding their bookings for the following productions. For any further enquiries, please contact [email protected]

An Evening with Trevor Eve is cancelled 

Ballet Black is postponed until 29 and 30 June 2021

Beauty and the Beast is postponed until 3 Dec - 3 Jan 2021

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is postponed until further notice

David Baddiel: Trolls Not The Dolls is postponed until 11 October

Educating Rita is postponed until further notice

Giraffes Can't Dance is cancelled 

George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is postponed until 19 March

Go West is postponed until 10 October

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg! is postponed until 28 September

Holes is cancelled 

John Lydon -  I could be wrong, I could be right  is postponed until 12 Sep 2021

June Tabor & Oysterband is postponed until 24 June 2021

KMS Gala Concert 2020 is cancelled 

Mark Steel is postponed until 21 Mar 2021

Mayor's Charity Event - Let Me Entertain You is postponed until further notice

Merchant of Venice is postponed until further notice

Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic is cancelled

Six is postponed until 26 Jan - 6 Feb 2021

Steel Magnolias is postponed until further notice

Stewart Lee: Snowflake / Tornado is postponed until 26 Mar 2021

The Bootleg Beatles is postponed until 20 June 2021

The Horne Section is postponed until 6 October

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is postponed until 23 Jun 2021

This Time by Ockham's Razor is postponed until further notice

Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure is postponed until further notice

Will Young's Show and Tell is cancelled

Yotam Ottolenghi: A Life in Flavour is postponed until 9 April 2021

ZOG is postponed until Fri 12 Feb 2021

Update: 23 March 2020, 21:39

Our phone lines are now closed

All but essential Rose staff have been working remotely for just over a week in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Following this evening's broadcast from the Prime Minister, all Rose staff will now be working from home. As such, our Box Office phone lines will be out of action. However, our Box Office teams will remain in contact with affected customers via email and we will continue to update our community through email, website and social media. If you have any urgent enquiries, please contact the team on [email protected]

Thank you for the overwhelming support we have recieved so far. We will strive to operate not only as a world-class producing theatre, but as a community hub at the heart of Kingston life. 

Stay safe, stay home. We'll see you on the other side. 

The Rose team


Update: 17 March 2020, 17:05 

COVID-19: Rose Theatre closed to the public

We are all living through unprecedented and uncertain times. Like many of you, we have been closely following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, artists, audiences, and members of our loyal communities has and always will be our highest priority.

After carefully considering the Government’s announcement yesterday (16 Mar) we have taken the difficult, but necessary, decision to close the Rose to the public. 

All shows and events at the Rose starting from today, Tuesday 17 March, will be suspended until further notice or until the advice we receive changes. Our Rose Participate events have been suspended until further notice and our building will be closed to the public from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March. Box Office will still be contactable by phone and email from 10am – 6pm. The team will be in touch with affected customers regarding further information over the next few days.

We are also extremely aware of our employees’ financial dependence on the Rose and continuing ticket sales are vital to our existence. The Rose is a registered charity that receives no regular Arts Council funding, and the implications of this closure will be financially challenging for us. Ticket sales make up the majority of our earned income, which together with contributions from our stakeholders, donors and sponsors will allow us to commission artists, produce new work and deliver our artistic and community programmes for many years to come. If you are in a position to support the Rose financially now, whether through donating the equivalent value of your ticket or making a stand-alone donation, we would be enormously grateful.

Whilst our wonderful home will remain dark for a while, we are doing all that we can to pull through this extraordinary situation and safeguard the future of your Rose. Our upcoming autumn season remains on schedule as planned and includes a two-week run of SIX, our Rose Original co-production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Merchant of Venice and our recently announced Christmas production, Beauty and the Beast.

Thank you to all our audiences for their unwavering support so far. We have no doubt that the Rose will remain an ever-present, thriving cultural hub at the heart of Kingston. As the situation develops, we will post updates on social media and on our website.

Take care of each other, stay resilient and we’ll see you on the other side. 

The Rose team


#RoseEndures: We need your support now more than ever  

If you would like, and are able to support the Rose during this time, please click here to donate.

Any gift, large or small, will help make sure that the #RoseEndures this difficult period.



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