Rose Theatre Kingston brings Neapolitan novels to the stage

The Rose Theatre Kingston.
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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels are being adapted for the stage by April De Angelis.

The adaptation forms part of Rose Theatre Kingston’s new season. The venue has also announced that Trevor Nunn, who directed last year’s The Wars of the Roses, has been made an advisory associate director.

De Angelis’ two-part production, called My Brilliant Friend, will be directed by Melly Still and runs at the Rose Theatre Kingston from February 25 to April 2. Press night is March 11.

Chief Executive Robert O’Dowd said: “Ferrante’s books celebrate female creativity so it seems very appropriate to be working with some of the most exciting talents around – adaptor April De Angelis and director Melly Still, both known for their powerful and engaging theatre work.”

The season also includes Sandi Toksvig’s Silver Lining, a co-production with English Touring Theatre. It is directed by Rebecca Gatward, and runs from February 3 to 11, with press night on February 8.

It is designed by Michael Taylor, with sound by Mic Pool and lighting by Mark Doubleday.

After its run at the Rose Theatre Kingston it will tour to venues including the Oxford Playhouse and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

The season also features The Twits, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book that is co-produced with Curve in Leicester. Adapted by David Wood, it is directed by Max Webster and runs from April 5 to 16.

Headlong’s previously announced musical, Junkyard, is also part of the season, and runs from April 19 to 30.