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Christopher Haydon opens LEOPARDS at the Rose


Director Christopher Haydon’s opening show at The Rose Theatre since taking up the Artistic Directorship is the world premiere of Alys Metcalf’s play LEOPARDS.

‘It’s a pleasure to report that Haydon’s first season at the Rose is off to a flying start. As he says in his programme note, it’s vital that theatres do not allow the financial challenges of the last 18 months to stifle their support of bold new writing. It’s heartening to see him put this into action.’ (The Stage)

‘This gripping new work at the Rose Theatre sees two strangers meet up at a hotel for reasons far less innocent than they first appear’ (The Telegraph)

‘Think of it like carbon offsetting, except for morals.’

Sex, power and consent – can we ever atone for the sins of our past? When Niala arranges to meet celebrated charity leader Ben in the bar of a London hotel for career advice, their evening unfolds into something far less professional. As the weather closes in and secrets start to surface, the consequences of their choices leave them nowhere to hide.

A gripping encounter that takes place over the course of one stormy night, Leopards is a new play about the image we construct of ourselves and what it truly means to be good. It runs until the 25th September.


Published: 8th September 2021