Maureen Lipman to star in Rose

London theatre news: Thursday 30 July 2020


Coronation Street’s Maureen Lipman will star in a digital revival of Martin Sherman’s Olivier-nominated play, Rose, this September.
Maureen Lipman to star in digital revival of Rose

Award-winning star of stage and screen, Maureen Lipman (Coronation Street, ITV; Celebrity Gogglebox, Channel 4; The Pianist) is to star in an online revival of Martin Sherman's Rose which will air from 10 to 12 September in a collaboration with the Hope Mill Theatre.

Rose presents a portrait of a feisty Jewish woman, blending the personal with the political as it traces Rose's story from the devastation of Nazi-ruled Europe to conquering the American dream.

Rose reflects on what it means to be a survivor.

Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw's ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons, and salsa-flavoured nights in Miami beach.

A one-woman tour-de-force, Rose was nominated for an Olivier Award when it premiered at the National Theatre back in 1999.

This online version is directed by Scott Le Crass (Country Music, Omnibus Theatre; Elmer, UK and International tour), in close collaboration with Martin Sherman.

Rose remains sadly relevant today as racial tensions escalate, and allegations of antisemitism are rife.

Taking on the role made famous by Olympia Dukakis, Ms Lipman's Rose is a woman shaped by her history.

She offers an intimate and, at times, humorous account of the 20th century, and the ultimate triumph of humanity.

This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognise and empathise with the suffering of others.

Maureen Lipman said ...

"I always wanted to play Rose in Martin Sherman's play but this is the first time I have been available - if you call working on Coronation Street at the same time as learning forty five pages of stunning dialogue, availability.

It gives me a thrill to think I will be doing it for a cause as great as the future of the Hope Mill Theatre."

The production is also supporting three charities: Age UK, The Fed, and UK Jewish Film.


Rose - Maureen Lipman


Director - Scott Le Crass

Writer - Martin Sherman

Music - David Cullen

Video Editing - Channel Eighty 8

Corporate Sponsor - So Legal Solicitors

Producers - Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media and Hope Mill Theatre in association with Julian Stoneman for MPSI Ltd




10 to 12 September 2020


£8 (plus booking fee) - book here

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