Rose Theatre Kingston presents

VIENNA 1934 – MUNICH 1938

A Work in Progress

Written and devised by Vanessa Redgrave

Rose Theatre Kingston

7 February – 9 February 2019

Rose Theatre Kingston and Vanessa Redgrave today announce a work in progress, Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938. Vanessa Redgrave performs on stage with Daisy Bevan, Robert Boulter and Paul Hilton. Opening with a limited run as a Work in Progress, atRose Theatre Kingston on 7 February until 9 February. Also announced today is An Evening with Vanessa Redgrave hosted by Roger Michell on Saturday 9 February 7.30pm.

In the late 1930s the famous actor Michael Redgrave became close friends with the celebrated poet Stephen Spender. Through their families’ notebooks, journals and memoirs, and Stephen’s poems, Vanessa Redgrave discovers the love affairs that they remembered, and the hopes and fears of the generation that confronted the fascist seizing of power in Europe. Among these was the German writer Thomas Mann.

As Stephen‘s love and respect for a young American woman studying psychology in Vienna grew deeper, he and his secretary Tony Hyndman tried to assist her in obtaining false visas and passports for socialist Jews and their families to escape from fascist Austria.

Written and devised by Michael’s daughter Vanessa, the play highlights the affectionate and intimate thoughts of individuals during these years of political and social disaster.

Vanessa Redgrave’s theatre credits include The Inheritance (Noël Coward Theatre/Young Vic), Richard III (Almeida Theatre), The Revisionist (Off Broadway – Cherry Lane Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy (Golden Theatre USA/Wyndham’s Theatre) and The Year of Magical Thinking (Booth Theatre USA/National Theatre). Her television credits include Man in an Orange ShirtCall the MidwifeThe Black Box and The Fever. Vanessa is thewinner of the Academy, Emmy, Tony, Olivier, BAFTA, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Vanessa is an advocate for human rights internationally. She has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1995 and is a supporter of Amnesty International and Liberty.

Daisy Bevan’s theatre credits include Dorian Gray (Riverside Studios). Her television credits include The Alienistand The Outcast. Her film credits include Noble Earth, Modern Life is RubbishRevolution: New Art For A New WorldOne Crazy ThingThe Two Faces of JanuaryThe Affair of the Necklace and Elizabeth.

Robert Boulter’s theatre credits include The Inheritance (Noël Coward Theatre/Young Vic), Mercury Fur(Menier Chocolate Factory), Herons (Royal Court Theatre), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.The Ant and the CicadaI You Can Hear (RSC), The Odyssey, Karamazoo, Burn/Citizenship/ChatroomAn Island Far From Here(National Theatre), How to Curse (Bush Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wirksworth Festival). His television credits include EvidenceFather BrownSurvivorsWaking the Dead and The Long Firm. His film credits include Star Wars Episode IX, GenesisMarkSome Things Mean SomethingMercenariesDonkey Punchand Daylight Robbery.

Paul Hilton’s theatre credits include The Inheritance (Noël Coward Theatre/Young Vic), The Cherry Orchard, The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic), MosquitoesPeter Panwonder.landThe President of an Empty RoomMourning Becomes ElectraThree Sisters, The Oresteia (National Theatre), Anatomy of a SuicideTerrorism, Mountain Language (Royal Court Theatre), Rosmersholm, The Storm (Almeida Theatre), All New PeopleRiflemindIn Celebration (Duke of York’s), Dr FaustusAs You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), Polar Bears, The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), The Mysteries and Romeo and Juliet (RSC). His television credits include The Crown, A Very English ScandalGrantchesterSilkTwenty Twelve, and True Dare Kiss. His film credits include Lady MacbethWuthering HeightsLondon RoadSwansongEdge, Klimt and Eternal Beauty.


Saturday 9 February, 7.30pm

Vanessa Redgrave is one of the world’s most acclaimed actresses and a prominent human rights activist. Join her in this unique evening hosted by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), as Vanessa shares tales from an extraordinary career spanning seven decades.

All proceeds from the show will support the Rose’s commitment to produce first-class theatre, alongside its Learning and Participation programmes. Although the Rose is the largest producing theatre in South West London, it does not receive regular Arts Council subsidy and must secure additional fundraising income to complement contributions from stakeholders, benefactors and sponsors. This vital funding helps the Rose to advance its artistic and charitable activities.


Founded by Sir Peter Hall and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside, 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 world premiere of Hogarth’s Progress by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear, the first stage adaptation and world premiere of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend adapted by April De Angelis and directed by Melly Still; Zach Helm’s hard-hitting play Good Canary directed by John Malkovich; Peter Hall and John Barton’s adaptation of The Wars of the Rose directed by Trevor Nunn; David Hare’s The Absence of War directed by Jeremy Herrin, and Jacqueline Wilson’sHetty Feather (West End transfer and Olivier Award nominee) directed by Sally Cookson. Future productions include the first major stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, a co-production with Neil Laidlaw and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Melly Still.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions and a reputation as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938                                                                                                                 Listings

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

7 February – 9 February 2019

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Performance Schedule

Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938

Thursday 7 February                       7.30pm

Friday 8 February                             7.30pm

Saturday 9 February                       2.30pm

Band A £30.00                  

Band B £25.00                   

Band C £20.00                   

Band D £15.00

Secret Seats £10.00

Concessions available for Access Bookers/Companions (£10) and for those Under 26 (£8).

Box Office:                        020 8174 0090

                                            Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm (6pm non-performance days)

                                            Sun: one hour before the performance

Concessions:                    Only one discount per ticket, subject to availability

Terms and conditions apply – no discounts on Pit Cushion prices.

Over 60, unwaged, entertainment union, children under 16 and Students: £5 off.

Access:                              Patrons with disabilities enjoy half price tickets.

The Rose is a fully accessible organisation and we welcome everyone.

                                            There is Blue Badge parking in High Street and Rose car park.

Sensory Access:               A digital hearing system is available for patrons with a hearing aid, and Sennheiser headsets for patrons without a hearing aid. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Please let us know in advance so we can provide a dog-sitter and water bowl.

Learning Disabilities:       Please contact us in advance to discuss how we can help make your visit as comfortable as possible, on 0208 174 0090 or email

Priority Booking:

Rose Circle Members – booking opens Fri 11 Jan, 12 noon. 
Friends Loyalty Card holders – booking opens Mon 14 Jan, 12 noon.
General Public – booking opens Wed 16 Jan, 12 noon