“Top performances”, “Beautiful work”, “Brilliant revival” – audiences have been taking to Twitter to share their love of the Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatre Royal Bath revival of Stones in his Pockets. Find out what they’ve been saying – including our thoughts too! – the book your tickets swiftly as there are only a handful of performances left!
Marie Jones‘ award-winning tale of Hollywood coming to Ireland is runs at the Rose Theatre Kingston until 9 March 2019. The play, directed by Lindsay Posner, will then head west to Bath, playing at the Theatre Royal from 11-16 March. The tour then takes it to Liverpool, Southampton, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Malvern, Mold, Eastbourne, Cambridge, Cardiff, Guildford and Nottingham, with more venues to be announced.
A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn are employed as extras, along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude of extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer.
The two performers breathing life into all the characters in this production of Stones in his Pockets are Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor. Sharpe’s previous London credits include Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Hampstead Theatre) and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), while Trainor recently starred in the acclaimed An Octoroon at both the Orange Tree Theatre and National Theatre.
Stones in his Pockets premiered at the West Belfast Festival in 1996, starring Game of Thrones’ Conleth Hill and Tim Murphy. It subsequently played the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, toured Ireland and ran at the Edinburgh Festival in 1999 before moving to London’s Tricycle Theatre (now the Kiln).
Following tremendous success at the Tricycle, it transferred to the West End, where it ran for four years. Hill was still part of the original London cast, and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Actor in 2001. The show won Best Comedy. Hill was joined by Sean Campion in the original London cast, and both transferred the show to Broadway, where it was nominated for three Tony Awards.
Stones in his Pockets plays as part of a spring season at Rose Theatre Kingston that also includes Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Rebus: Long Shadows, A Song at Twilight and Rotterdam.
Stones in his Pockets runs from 28 February to 9 March at Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL. Performances are Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 8pm with matinees Saturdays and 7 March at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
Twitter responses to Stones in his Pockets:
— Claudia Cartwright (@ClaudiaCWright) March 6, 2019
Just been to see #StonesInHisPockets @Rosetheatre and I’m not surprised it’s won awards for best new comedy…it is brilliant! And probably the best two hander I’ve ever seen #EvenTheCowsHaveBetterPartsThanUs One to recommend pic.twitter.com/hof88yZOHg
— Michelle RooksDawson (@MHRD_GuinnessH) March 6, 2019
Absolutely delighted by #stonesinhispockets @Rosetheatre this evening. Beautiful work from every corner; directing, acting, music all wonderful. Sublime, simple and masterful storytelling. An excellent evening in a much improved Rose Theatre; full of seats & smiling faces!
— Kate Lamb (@Lamb_Tales) March 5, 2019
— David Stephenson (@TheTellyRocket) March 5, 2019
So impressive what can be achieved with a static set, a couple of minor costume changes and a pair of talented actors who can switch characters with a pirouette and a flick of the hair. 👍#stonesinhispockets @Rosetheatre #featured pic.twitter.com/k9ZWYMYVv8
— MyTheatreMates (@MyTheatreMates) March 5, 2019
Craic & tears when Hollywood heads to rural Ireland #StonesinHisPockets @Rosetheatre & touring soon. Brilliant revival of an unforgettable play at one of the best theatres around! #Unmissable pic.twitter.com/DB7ektkdIz
— Milady (@Mystifiedmum) March 1, 2019