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Rose Theatre Kingston announces new Spring season

A revival of Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed is among the highlights

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A revival of Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed features in the Rose Theatre Kingston's 2016 Spring season, announced today.

Directed by James Dacre and co-produced by the Rose with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, The Herbal Bed tells the scandalous story of Shakespeare's daughter. The play, first produced by the RSC in 1996 before transferring to the West End and Broadway, runs at the Rose from 26 April – 7 May as part of a national tour.

Other highlights of the season include Nikolai Foster directing Roald Dahl's classic The Witches (29 March – 10 April) in a co-production with the Curve, Leicester, Jacqueline Wilson's Olivier Award-nominated Hetty Feather returns for the spring half term from 24 – 28 February, and Richard Bean's Toast, starring Matthew Kelly visits the venue from 4 - 13 February.

Other visiting production include Northern Broadsides' The Merry Wives, directed by Barrie Rutter, and the Theatre Royal Bath production of Joshua Harmon 's Bad Jews.

Robert O'Dowd, Chief Executive of the Rose Theatre Kingston said today:

"Following The Wars of the Roses, our most successful production at the box office since A Midsummer Night's Dream with Judi Dench in 2010, we are all full of energy and excitement for the new year. We can't wait to share our new Rose productions The Witches and The Herbal Bed, but also the best visiting work – such as Toast, which we are proud to be opening ahead of their national tour."