It’s The Real Thing for Laurence Fox at the Rose Theatre

Laurence Fox is to star in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s modern classic The Real Thing as part of the autumn season at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, it has been announced.

It is the first Stoppard to be staged at the Rose and is produced with Theatre Royal Bath and Cambridge Arts Theatre.

The new programme also includes Phil Daniels as the titular roles in David Edgar’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thriller Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, a co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company.

Lindsay Posner makes his directing debut at the Rose with a production of Stephen Bill’s award-winning play Curtains.

And there is a renewed collaboration with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton on Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, following their award-winning production of The Herbal Bed.

Chief Executive Robert O’Dowd said: “We are delighted to be presenting another hugely exciting season here at the Rose.

“This year we are collaborating with some of the most brilliant and gifted talent around, from Olivier Award-winning director Lindsay Posner to celebrated actors Laurence Fox and Phil Daniels.

“In the last couple of years the Rose has brought not just world class drama but a new energy to Kingston and we continue our mission to become a vibrant cultural hub for South West London and beyond.”

THE REAL THING (October 2-14) will be directed by Stephen Unwin and stars Laurence Fox as Henry.

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress, has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse.

Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

First staged in 1982, The Real Thing combines the intellectual and dazzling wordplay of Stoppard at his most witty with some of his most tender and touching writing.

A clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, The Real Thing is a multi-award-winning modern classic.

The Real Thing will tour to Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 – 16 September and Theatre Royal Bath, 18 – 30 September ahead of its opening at the Rose.

RULES FOR LIVING (November 7-18).

Award-winning Simon Godwin directs this brilliant and darkly funny play.

Following its critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre in 2015, Rules For Living is a new Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in conjunction with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie.

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang.

DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE (February 9-17, 2018)

David Edgar’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson classic thriller, starring Phil Daniels as the eponymous character, tells the gripping tale of Dr Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde.

During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil in human nature, the kind and gifted Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternate personality of pure evil… the mysterious Mr Hyde.

As this sinister and ominous figure starts causing murderous havoc around the foggy streets of London, the physician’s friends and fiancée grow increasingly worried about him.

Jekyll must race to find a cure for his monstrous alter ego before it takes over for good.

CURTAINS (February 22-March 17)

Written by Stephen Bill and directed by Lindsay Posner this funny, heart-wrenching story of old age and family disharmony, is set during Ida’s 86th birthday tea, arranged by her family.

Their efforts to be cheerful and make the event a success verge on the desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long.

As the painfully laboured celebrations go on, her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years. Tensions immediately flare between the sisters, whilst Ida struggles to recognise her.

As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age.

When the family returns, old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in this hilarious, painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil.

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