Rose Theatre Kingston announces its summer school programme for young people, offering a variety of courses including:

  • Two-Day and Three-Day short courses for 7-11 year olds packed with games, storytelling and character work
  • Play-in-a-Week for 10-15 year olds, where participants have the opportunity to create a full production
  • Rose Academy offers support and guidance for 16-25 year olds preparing to apply for drama schools

All courses are supported by experienced teachers and industry professionals. In previous years this has included practitioners from the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as Olivier Award-winning actress, Laura Michelle Kelly.

All the courses take place in Kingston, either at Rose Theatre Kingston or a local rehearsal venue.


Rose Theatre Kingston’s Two-Day Course for 7-11 year olds offers fun and games, exploring storytelling, character and literacy. In small groups with experienced teachers, children develop skills in team-work, leadership and creativity as well as building self-confidence.

Venue:                 St John’s Warehouse, Church Grove, Hampton Wick, London KT1 4AL

Time:     10am-4pm

Ages:     7-11

Fee:       £100


Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 July

Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 August

Thursday 9 – Friday 10 August

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 August

Thursday 16 – Fri 17 August

Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 August

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 August

Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 August


Participants will work on developing storytelling themes and techniques in small groups with experienced teachers. The course will take a creative approach to storytelling whilst working on vocal techniques, focus and character. Children will learn team working skills and build self-confidence. On the final day there will be an invited showing for friends and family.

Venue:                 Richard Mayo Centre, Eden Street, Kingston, London KT1 1HZ

(Drop off and collection from Rose Theatre Kingston)

Time:     10am-4pm

Ages:     7-11

Fee:       £140


Monday 30 July – Wednesday 1 August

Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 August

Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 August

Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 August

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 August

Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 August

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 August




A cast of young people will work with a professional director, assistants and stage management on a specially-adapted sixty-minute script, learning techniques and developing the production for a full, costumed public performance at the end of the week.


The Jungle Book (SOLD OUT)

By Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Ciaran McConville

Journey through 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.


Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Monday 30 July – Saturday 4 August

Time:     9.30am-4.30pm

Ages:     10-14

Fee:       £200

Charlotte’s Web

By E.B. White, adapted by Joseph Robinette

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.

Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Monday 6 – Saturday 11 August

Time:     9.30am-4.30pm

Ages:     10-14

Fee:       £200

Alice in Winterland

By Ciaran McConville, based on Lewis Carroll’s books

Follow Alice on a quest to save Winterland, 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 Rose Theatre Kingston produced for its 2017 Christmas show.

Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Monday 13 – Saturday 18 August

Time:     9.30am-4.30pm

Ages:     10-14

Fee:       £200

The Railway Children

By E. Nesbit, adapted by Ciara Morris

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.

Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Monday 20 – Saturday 25 August

Time:     9.30am-4.30pm

Ages:     11-14

Fee:       £200

Much Ado About Nothing (SOLD OUT)

By William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. A group of soldiers returning from abroad rests at the house of Leonato, 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.

Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Monday 27 August – Saturday 1 September

Time:     9.30am-4.30pm

Ages:     11-15

Fee:       £200


The UK is home to some of the most prestigious drama schools in the world with more than 1000 applicants auditioning for each place. Rose Academy is a unique course that draws on the expertise of leading drama school facilitators, directors and actors to offer an insight into conservatoire training and techniques to support and assist participants’ with the application process. The course is now in its sixth year, with past participants going on to schools including RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, Central, Oxford and East15.

Rose Academy is by audition only, please email to apply.

Venue:                 Rose Theatre Kingston

Date:     Tuesday 28 August – Sunday 2 September

Time:     10am-4pm

Ages:     16-25

Fee:       £250

Rose Theatre Kingston                                                                                                                           Listings

24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

To book a course please contact:

Box Office:  0208 174 0090

For more information about the courses, please contact Sarah Kingsford on 0208 939 4050 or email



Five-Day Combo Course: book a Two-Day and Three-Day Course and save £40.

Rose Youth Theatre Members: save £20.

Siblings: save £20 for each additional sibling.



Founded by Sir Peter Hall, and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside (where the stage height meant groundlings could stand), Rose Theatre Kingston is the largest producing theatre in South West London.

Since opening in 2008, the Rose has collaborated with a range of directors, playwrights and producing partners to create vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions. Recent works include the first stage adaptation and world première of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend directed by Melly Still, Zach Helm’s Good Canary directed by John Malkovich, John Barton and Peter Hall’s Shakespeare adaptation The Wars of the Roses directed by Trevor Nunn, David Hare’s The Absence of War directed by Jeremy Herrin and Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End transfer and Olivier Award nominee) directed by Sally Cookson.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions as well as from hosting the work of renowned theatre companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Headlong, English Touring Theatre, Peter Brook, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and Sheffield Theatres. With an auditorium that lends itself to both intimate and epic scale productions, the Rose has established itself as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.


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