Past Productions

Below is a list of our previous productions:

  • DINNER WITH THE FAMILY

    Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 June 2020

    This is a play which appears basically superficial, with lots of humorous dialogue, strange situations, bizarre parents, but there are deeper and more serious matters at stake.

  • CONSENT

    Saturday 16 to Saturday 23 January 2021

    Barrister friends take up opposing sides on a rape trial only to find that their work follows them home.

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

    Monday 13 to Saturday 18 July 2020

    The Importance of Being Earnest remains one of the most popular, and perfect, comedies in the English language. Brimming with Wilde’s rapier wit and epigrams and vividly drawn characters.

  • ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM

    Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 October 2020

  • The All-Female Pallas Players Present "WHISKY GALORE"

    Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 December 2020

    The All-Female Pallas Players are a troop of women touring the country in 1955 presenting light hearted, beloved tales…. as best they can.

  • THE DUCHESS OF MALFI

    Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 March 2020

    Due to both the director and some leading actors in the cast having very recently had to withdraw from this production for personal reasons, the RSS has, with great regret, had to cancel all performances of ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. The RSS very much regrets that this decision has had to be made and apologises for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

  • A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

    Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 January 2020

    Telling of one family and its self-discovery over the course of a long August day in 1912, when James Tyrone, a hugely successful immigrant Irish actor has retreated with his wife and two sons to their Connecticut seaside home.

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

    Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 December 2019

    Ebenezer Scrooge is a cruel and selfish money lender who on Christmas Eve is visited by four ghosts...

  • DREAM

    Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February 2020

    The Young Actors' Company enter a world of higher nature, supernature and illusion, as they invite you to join them in Shakespeare's eternal tale of truth and beauty.

  • BE MY BABY

    Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 September 2020

  • SUMMERLAND

    Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 May 2020

    The year is 1869. The place is New York City. The dust is settling after the carnage and destruction of the American Civil War...

  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

    Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 July 2009

    York House Gardens make a perfect setting for the eavesdropping scenes, the famous verbal duels between Beatrice and Benedick, the villainous Don John, and Dogberry’s bumblingly incompetent watch.

  • CONFUSIONS

    Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 July 2009

    A series of vignettes from the master of modern comedy, performed by our talented youngsters.

  • IRON

    Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 September 2009

    A powerful and resonant play about a woman serving a life sentence, Iron offers tremendous insights – not merely into the nature of life imprisonment, but into the human condition...

  • CYMBELINE

    Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 October 2009

    The world of Cymbeline is that of fairy-tale, ancient legend, and love tested almost to breaking-point. Cymbeline, King of Britain, furious that his daughter Imogen should have married against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law...

  • GASLIGHT

    Friday 11 to Saturday 19 December 2009

    Why does the gaslight flicker? Whose footsteps can be heard in the locked room overhead? Is Bella going mad, as her mother did...?

  • ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

    Saturday 30 January to Saturday 6 February 2010

    The curtain opens on two Elizabethans spinning coins. We're not sure who they are, where they are or even when they are....but then again, neither are they!

  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

    Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 March 2010

    Julius Caesar is dead: his right-hand man, Antony, and his legal heir, Octavius, have divided the Roman Empire between them in an uneasy peace. But Antony has become deeply enraptured by the Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. And she's as ambitious and wily and seductive a politician as any Roman...

  • THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

    Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 April 2010

    Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster, takes care of her 70 year-old selfish and manipulative mother, Mag. While her sisters have escaped into marriage and family life, Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with her mother...

  • THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION)

    Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 May 2010

    Neil Simon wrote this female version of his 1960s hit in response to a demand from American actresses who wanted to perform the play. Oscar and Felix become Olive and Florence...!

  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

    Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 June 2010

    Grab your top hats and tea cakes and step into Wonderland with RSS Youth Theatre as they guide you onto each chess square with a little help from a singing Walrus, a sleepy dormouse and a very Mad Hatter.

  • A VAMPIRE STORY

    Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 July 2010

    Two young women arrive in a nameless British small town. Their names are not their own. They don't declare their ages...

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

    Sunday 25 to Saturday 31 July 2010

    Take four runaway lovers, a mysterious forest, a pack of meddling spirits, a motley comic crew and a love potion...

  • GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

    Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 September 2010

    Times are tough in a New York real-estate office; the salesmen (Shelley Levene, Ricky Roma, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow) are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest...

  • A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY

    Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 October 2010

    Natalya Petrovna is adored and loved by her husband Islaev whilst also providing a secret and unfulfilled romantic focus for his best friend and Natalya's confidante, Rakitin...

  • FALLEN ANGELS

    Friday 10 to Saturday 18 December 2010

    Two happily married women find their lives thrown into comical disarray by news of a "ghost" from their romantic pasts...

  • PYGMALION

    Saturday 29 January to Saturday 5 February 2011

    Henry Higgins, a well off, rakish, Professor of Phonetics makes a bet that he can transform the manners and speech of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle...

  • KING JOHN

    Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 March 2011

    Shakespeare's fascinating study of English power politics strays far from the common image of King John as the weak monarch forced to sign Magna Carta...

  • THIS STORY OF YOURS

    Monday 11 to Saturday 16 April 2011

    Police Detective Sergeant Johnson is a man in extremis, with a failed marriage, recurrent memories of all the terrible crimes he has witnessed, and despair with a world that allows such things to be...

  • GORMENGHAST

    Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 May 2011

    Experience the world of Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake's famous gothic novel. This hugely successful adaptation allows the epic, ghostly world to develop...

  • CINDERELLA: OR HOW PIPSQUEAK THE MOUSE BECAME A STALLION - AND - THE CRINKLEY BOTTOM THEATRE CLUB CRISIS

    Thursday 9 to Saturday 12 June 2011

    'Cinderella...' is a fast paced ride through the adventures of Cinderella the Lumberjack... 'Crinkley Bottom...' is an exciting romp through theatre and movie's best bits...

  • TOM PAINE

    Friday 1 to Saturday 2 July 2011

    This is not a historically accurate or necessarily illuminating play about Tom Paine (the real person) - or the (mythical) revolutionary who was a central figure in English civil unrest, the American War of Independence or the French Revolution, but...

  • LITTLE GEM

    Sunday 30 October to Saturday 4 November 2011

    Love, sex, birth, death and salsa classes. Three generations of Dublin women. One extraordinary year...

  • ALADDIN

    Friday 9 to Saturday 17 December 2011

    Full of Eastern promise, the Arabian Nights, rags-to-riches tale of Aladdin is packed with magic, fun and adventure, making it a pantomime hard to beat...

  • TAKING SIDES

    Saturday 28 January to Saturday 4 February

    Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, prized by Hitler as the cultural jewel in the crown of the Third Reich, became a post-war target for interrogation as a Nazi sympathiser...

  • PETER PAN

    Thursday 24 to Saturday 25 February 2012

    Our production is very different from the more popular modern day Peter Pans; we have attempted to present it in the style Barrie intended, a complete childhood fantasy in which you can fly, fight Pirates, join a Red Indian tribe and make friends with a crocodile...

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 March 2012

    A hero and heroine who age from nine to middle age, a flight down river, a convict pursued across the marshes, a decaying wedding cake...

  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE

    Saturday 28 April to Saturday 5 May 2012

    While this play explores serious issues, the low life scenes are as funny as anything you will find in Much Ado About Nothing and there is a note of black comedy running throughout the play.

  • IN THE CLUB

    Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 June 2012

    Hapless M.E.P. Philip Wardrobe has a busy day ahead of him, balancing his less-than-irreproachable political career with his attempts to start a family...

  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 PLAYS

    Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July 2012

    Travel around the world and explore forgotten myths and unusual legends in eight fast-paced and hilarious tales...

  • ROMEO AND JULIET.

    Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 July 2012

    This tale of passionate love across the divide of feuding families with its inter-generational conflicts and painful twists of fate provides an array of excellent parts...

  • THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY

    Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 September 2012

    A hilarious romp through the worst kind of "Am Dram", with every possible disaster befalling the Townswomen's ambitious mystery show...

  • TWELFTH NIGHT.

    Sunday 24 to Saturday 30 July 2011

    Viola, shipwrecked and separated from her (of course) twin brother, seeks to make a life for herself in Illyria at the court of Duke Orsino, disguised, (well, obviously) as a young man...

  • DRACULA

    Saturday 8 to Saturday 15 December 2012

    The fabled figures of Jonathan Harker, the archetypal innocent abroad, Mina Westerman, his anxious fiancé, the prophetic lunatic Renfield, Van Helsing and, of course, Count Dracula himself and his tragic victim Lucy are brought brilliantly to life in this adaptation for the stage...

  • THE DEEP BLUE SEA

    Saturday 26 January to Saturday 2 February 2013

    The story of a passionate love affair which implodes in the course of one day in 1952. Hester is older than Freddie but her desire for him makes Hester leave her respectable husband...

  • ONCE IN A LIFETIME

    Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 February 2013

    Jerry, May and George sell their vaudeville act to migrate to Hollywood with the advent of the talkies.............. and become 'vocal consultants' at Glogauer Studios with all the fun and complications that such a situation can engender...

  • RHINOCEROS

    Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 March 2013

    A small French town on a Sunday morning...The cafe is bustling, the streets full of people going to mass or to market... Suddenly a cloud of dust appears and a rhinoceros charges down the street...

  • DESIGNS ON LADIES

    Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May 2013

    Moulineaux, a doctor married to Yvonne, attempts to have his first affair with the wife of Aubin, a retired military man, who is having an affair with the lost wife of Bassinet...

  • LEONARDO’S LAST SUPPER AND LAUGHTER (PART II)

    Sunday 2 to Saturday 8 June 2013

    By turns funny, disquieting, farcical and shocking, these two short plays are radically different from anything else you are likely to see.

  • ROBIN HOOD

    Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 June 2013

    Join Robin and sidekick Egbert on a mission to rescue the beautiful Maid Marion from the clutches of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (who it has to be said has some very dubious morals)...

  • JULIUS CAESAR

    Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November 2013

    Is a benevolent dictatorship sometimes beneficial, even necessary? Are there situations where direct violent action is the most moral course? Can those in power ever be trusted to serve the people they represent, rather than their own interests?

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

    Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 December 2013

    Arguably the most popular comedy of the English-speaking stage...

  • A TENDER THING

    Sunday 26 January to Saturday 1 February 2014

    Freely adapting the text of Romeo and Juliet, Ben Power has created a very contemporary tale of love and sacrifice...

  • THE CHALK GARDEN

    Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 March 2014

    The wealthy, elderly Mrs St Maugham thinks she is a good gardener and a wonderful grandmother, but the results suggest otherwise. Can the enigmatic Miss Madrigal help her to succeed...?

  • BLOOD WEDDING

    Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 March 2014

    A modern classic, this passion-fuelled play tells the story of a reluctant betrothal, a surprise elopement and a bloody revenge...

  • OTHELLO

    Sunday 26 April to Saturday 3 May 2014

    Shakespeare's most gripping psychological thriller explores the potentially lethal power of love, deception and, most potently, jealousy...

  • FROM THESE GREEN HEIGHTS

    Sunday 1 to Saturday 7 June 2014

    Brilliantly theatrical, tragic yet tender, From These Green Heights is an extraordinarily kaleidoscopic journey through the lives of two families and four decades...

  • HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES

    Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 June 2014

    Salman Rushdie's work of magic realism follows the young hero Haroun as he sets off on his journey atop a flying bird to save a princess, end a war of darkness, defeat an evil lord and bring happiness to his city...

  • MASTER SHAKESHAFTE

    Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September 2014

    Discover how Shakespeare spent his infamous ‘Lost Years’. Possibly...

  • MONSTROUS REGIMENT

    Sunday 2 to Saturday 8 November 2014

    It began as a sudden strange fancy... Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time...

  • EGAD! THE WOMAN IN WHITE

    Saturday 13 to Saturday 20 December 2014

    This hilarious spoof of the classic mystery novel is as warming and intoxicating as a glass of Victorian eggnog - a comedic Christmas cocktail of Gothic ghosts, ghoulish gasps, gorgeous gowns... and geriatric gimps...

  • UNCLE VANYA

    Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 January 2015

    Uncle Vanya is arguably the first great modernist drama, full of ambiguities and contradictions, delicately balancing the tragic and the absurd, the farcical and the hauntingly poetic...

  • THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

    Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 February 2019

    Farce arises from confusion over the identity of the visiting inspector. The local hotel has a guest who is charging all his expenses to the crown and who is clearly important, so the officials are eager to distract him from anything which might arouse his suspicions...

  • ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

    Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 May 2015

    An orphaned girl, hopelessly in love with a young man who longs for freedom, determinedly strives to achieve what she wants while staying within the parameters of honour...

  • CORALINE

    Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 June 2015

    Coraline is a young girl who moves to an old house with her parents. One rainy day, she discovers a locked door that leads to the unoccupied neighbouring apartment...

  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

    Monday 20 to Saturday 25 July 2015

    Shakespeare's famous battle of the sexes will burst onto the tranquil Thameside setting of The Fountain Gardens...

  • THE ADVENTURES OF DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT

    Friday 11 to Saturday 19 December 2015

    This brand new version of the traditional story follows Dick and his Cat from their home village to London, and then on to Morocco...

  • THE WHITE DEVIL

    Saturday 30 January to Saturday 6 February 2016

    Sex, murder, revenge and much use of dramatic irony create a world in which characters of questionable moral purpose wisecrack on the edge of the grave...

  • THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

    Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 February 2016

    Our production is musical, magical, funny, moving and exhausting...!

  • WE ARE THREE SISTERS

    Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 March 2016

    Two hundred years ago, a writer was born. Her family would grow to give us three of the greatest writers this country has known: Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Their lives unfolded, for the most part, in the village of Haworth...

  • COLLABORATORS

    Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 June 2016

    Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both...

  • TOAD OF TOAD HALL

    Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June 2016

    The nostalgic, quintessentially English tale of four friends: kind and cultured Ratty, mild-mannered Mole, sage and solitary Badger and the crazy, conceited Toad...

  • EDUCATING RITA

    Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 September 2013

    Willy Russell's much loved classic comedy centres on Rita, a forthright and frustrated hairdresser hungry to know 'everything' and Frank, the disillusioned Open University tutor assigned, at first reluctantly to teach her.

  • HAMLET

    Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November 2019

    In the rain-soaked streets of modern Denmark, civil unrest is simmering...

  • THE FATHER

    Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 September 2019

    Plunging into the mind of a man whose grasp on reality is gradually fading. Is André living in his own flat or that of his daughter Anne...?

  • TOM AND VIV

    Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 September 2016

    Exploring one of literature's most stormy relationships, between Tom (T. S. Eliot) and Viv (Vivienne Haigh-Wood). The play follows the turbulent and emotional conflict between this tragically mismatched couple...

  • VITA & VIRGINIA

    Sunday 25 September to Saturday 1 October 2011

    This fascinating study of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West is based on their correspondence over 20 years, from 1922 until 1941...

  • KING HENRY VIII OR ALL IS TRUE

    Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 November 2012

    We all know about Henry VIII - or think we do. But what was Shakespeare's take on the key event that shaped his world?

  • THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

    Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 July 2013

    Written at Queen Elizabeth I’s command, this perennially enjoyable and rollicking farce offers laughs galore. Sir John Falstaff – Shakespeare’s most-loved comic character...

  • LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

    Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 July 2014

    The King of Navarre and his three closest Lords take an oath to study for three years, during which time they must not speak to a woman - forgetting that the Princess of France, and her three ladies, are due to arrive...

  • NIGHT MUST FALL

    Saturday 6 to Saturday 13 June 2015

    Wheelchair-bound Mrs Bramson rules her remote Essex bungalow like a tyrant. A stranger arrives: the enigmatic Danny...

  • KING LEAR

    Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 November 2015

    In abdicating power, King Lear loses all...

  • BOEING-BOEING

    Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 April 2016

    Self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard has three fiancees - each airline hostesses with frequent 'layovers'...

  • AS YOU LIKE IT

    Monday 18 to Saturday 23 July 2016

    Witty, bawdy and romantic, As You Like It is the Bard’s great comedy of love...

  • KINDLY LEAVE THE STAGE

    Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May 2019

    A comedy of love, fidelity, reality and the stage ...

  • ALL MY SONS

    Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th March 2019

    A true classic and one of the most celebrated American plays of the twentieth century...

  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

    Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 November 2016

    Antonio, a merchant of Venice borrows from Shylock, a money lender...

  • OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR

    Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 December 2016

    At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving...

  • THE WEIR

    Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 January 2017

    ‘The Weir’, by Conor McPherson, has been widely acclaimed. The play is set in a rural pub in the west of Ireland...

  • THE SNOW DRAGONS

    Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 February 2017

    Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the mountains playing games of Vikings, dragons and war...

  • THE HISTORY OF CARDENIO

    Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 March 2017

    The UK premiere of the most authentic vision of the lost Shakespeare play The History of Cardenio. Leading scholar Gary Taylor has made a lively, credible, theatrically viable reconstruction of Shakespeare and Fletcher's 1612 play...

  • THE SEAGULL

    Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 April 2017

    As summer guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde play, artistic temperaments ignite to reveal a more entertaining drama behind the scenes...

  • METAMORPHOSIS

    Saturday 3 to Saturday 10 June 2017

    The arresting opening lines of both story and play describe how Gregor, a hitherto unremarkable young man, wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into...

  • THE DEATH OF MISS GLORIA STARR

    Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 June 2017

    In a small provincial theatre, a cast are getting ready to perform Shakespeare's Macbeth until everything grinds to a halt...

  • THE TEMPEST

    Monday 17 to Saturday 22 July 2017

    Shakespeare's mystical final play will be brought to colourful life with fabulous costumes and original music in the RSS 's latest outdoor production...

  • KINDERTRANSPORT

    Saturday 16 to Saturday 23 September 2017

    On the brink of World War II, nine-year-old Eva is sent to Britain for refuge from Nazi Europe, with little more than a suitcase and an identity label...

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