Donkeys' Years

  • Thu 6 Feb - Sat 22 Feb


Directed by Lisa Spirling

The perfect summer’s day, and at one of the older universities solidly successful middle-aged men are getting into their dinner jackets for a reunion dinner. No women, of course, because in the far-off days of their youth even the passing glimpse of a woman in college was an event to remember. But everyone’s coming! Even Roddy Moore, their elusive hero. As the moon rises and the wine goes down, middle-aged men become young again, with only too predictable results. And, in the midst of the battlefield, hidden in Roddy Moore’s old rooms waiting for a quiet word with her lost love, that very woman they all once glimpsed and never forgot…

The cast includes Keith Barron, one of the most recognisable television, stage and film actors in Britain, Jason Durr, best known for playing ‘PC Mike Bradley’ in Heartbeat (ITV), Jamie Glover recently seen in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off in the West End and Jemma Redgrave who has worked extensively in theatre in the West End and on Broadway and has recently appeared in Cold Blood, Bramwell and Mansfield Park on television.

Michael Frayn is a multi-award winning playwright and novelist, best known for the plays Noises Off, Democracy and Copenhagen. This sparkling revival of his hilarious farce is directed by Lisa Spirling, who returns to the Rose following her production of Michael Frayn’s Here with Alison Steadman in March 2012.


‘flares into comic brilliance… gales of hilarity’

The Times