Donkey's Years: First Images Released

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Rehearsal images of Michael Frayn’s classic comedy, Donkeys’ Years which comes to Rose Theatre Kingston in February 2014 are now available.  This sparkling revival, which will open on the 6 February, will be directed by Lisa Spirling, making a return to the Rose following her acclaimed production of Michael Frayn’s Here in 2012. 

The full cast of Donkeys’ Years includes: Keith Barron as ‘Birkett’, Simon Coates as ‘Tate’, Jason Durr as ‘Quine’, James Dutton as ‘Taylor’, Jamie Glover as ‘Headingley’, John Hodgkinson as ‘Sainsbury’, Ian Hughes as ‘Snell’, Jemma Redgrave as ‘Lady Driver’ and Nicholas Rowe as ‘Buckle’.

The perfect summer’s day, and at one of the older universities solidly successful middle-aged men are getting into their dinner-jackets for a reunion dinner.  No women, of course, because in the far-off days of their youth even the passing glimpse of a woman in college was an event to remember.   But everyone’s coming!  Even Roddy Moore, their elusive hero.  As the moon rises and the wine goes down, middle-aged men become young again, with only too predictable results.  And, in the midst of the battlefield, hidden in Roddy Moore’s old rooms waiting for a quiet word with her lost love, that very woman they all once glimpsed and never forgot…

Michael Frayn (Playwright) is a multi-award winning playwright and novelist, best known for plays including Noises OffDemocracy and Copenhagen. His critically successful novels include Towards The End Of The MorningHeadlong and Spies, which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction.

Lisa Spirling (Director) most recently directed Fault Lines and I Know How I Feel About Eve at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.  Her other theatre directorial credits include Here (Rose Theatre Kingston), Idiots of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Hundreds & Thousands (Soho Theatre) and Boeing Boeing (Alley Theatre, Texas). Spirling is also co-founder of Buckle for Dust Theatre Company and is an affiliate artist at Theatre503.
For more information on Donkeys’ Years and to book tickets visit

Rose Theatre Kingston presents
Donkeys’ Years

Thursday 6 – Sat 22 Feb
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lisa Spirling
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Signed Performance: Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm
Tickets £19 - £28.50, pit cushions £5 (bkg fee may apply)
Thursday Matinee Tickets £13 - £20, pit cushions £5 (bkg fee may apply)
Box Office:
08444 821 556 (bkg fee)
Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm (6pm non-performance days)
Sun – one hour before the show

No fees are payable when booking in person at the box office. An additional £1 per ticket booking fee and £1.60 per booking transaction fee are payable when booking online and by phone.
Under 26s &  Students     
Every Tuesday there are a limited number of £5 tickets on the best available seats for 16 - 26 years old and students. Please note valid ID will be required upon collection. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

Only one discount per ticket, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. No discount on pit cushion prices. Over 60, unwaged, entertainment union, children under 16yrs and students £3 off.

Groups of 10+ enjoy generous discounts on some shows and a specially discounted price for some midweek matinees.

Patrons with disabilities enjoy half price tickets. The Rose is a fully accessible organisation and we welcome everyone.
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