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What you need to know about Rose Theatre Kingston:

Rose Theatre Kingston opened in 2008. Sir Peter Hall founded the venue, which is based on a theatre where Shakespeare and Marlowe plays were originally staged.

Despite being outside the West End, Rose Theatre Kingston attracts big names in both the creatives behind its shows and the performers who star in them. Recent years have seen them work with directors Trevor Nunn, John Malkovich, Sally Cookson and Jeremy Herrin. They regularly co-produce with other theatres, as was the case with family musical Junk Yard by Jack Thorne,  which was co-produced with the Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd and Headlong.

Musicals, drama and concerts all find their way onto the programme at Rose Theatre Kingston. They also have a solid commitment to making this a family theatre, so you’ll find plenty of high quality children’s shows. 

Top facts about Rose Theatre Kingston

  1. Rose Theatre Kingston is based on the Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside, not far from where Shakespeare’s Globe is located today.
  2. With a number of big successes under its belt – including the stage adaptation of Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson – Rose Theatre Kingston is currently the largest producing theatre in South West London.
  3. Rose Theatre Kingston has more than 150,000 visitors per year.

Key information about Rose Theatre Kingston:


Train: South West Trains serve Kingston train station, which is a ten minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, X26, 57, 65, 71, 85, 111, 131, 213, 216, 281, 285, 371, 406, 411, 418, 465 and also 481 all serve the town centre. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: The closest car park is the Rose Car Park, which has an entrance on East Lane. The postcode is KT1 2NN. Blue Badge spaces are available on the High Street or in the Rose Car Park.

Accessibility info:

Rose Theatre Kingston is fully wheelchair accessible with 10 wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium. There are lifts to every floor and a low level counter at the box office.

There are also accessible toilets on every floor.

The theatre is fitted with a Sennheiser Infra-red Hearing System. Headsets are available to loan from the cloakroom for a £5.00 deposit.

Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. They can either accompany their owner into the auditorium or a friendly member of staff will dog sit and provide a water bowl. Please arrange either option in advance with the box office.

Rose Theatre Kingston has a first level Bronze Award from the ‘Access is everything’ scheme. It is also a Dementia Friendly organisation.

The theatre runs its own access list, which allows them to keep records of any details that may make booking faster in the future. They also keep people on the list up to date with the latest access performances. To join the list, please contact the theatre via the telephone number or email address below.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 020 8174 0090 or email [email protected]

Accessibility discount?

Rose Theatre Kingston provides half-price tickets for people with disabilities attending a performance.

Access performances:

Rose Theatre Kingston schedules audio described, BSL-interpreted and relaxed performances plus touch tours.


Visitors to Rose Theatre Kingston can enjoy the Rose café, a family-friendly venue with free WiFi and regular live music events. The menu includes sandwiches, toasties, cakes and pastries. Everything is homemade using seasonal ingredients. On days when there is a performance, the café is open 10am – late, while on days when there is no performance, it is open 10am – 6pm.

For more information visit the Rose Theatre Kingston’s website