REVIEW: Knights of the Rose ★★★★ – Arts Theatre

“…a thrilling tale of chivalry, bravery, tragedy and romance”


West End Theatre Guide



Knights of the Rose is a musical created by Jennifer Marsden following the story of a band of brave knights. The simple tale of chivalry and knightly honour is perhaps unoriginal in itself, but it is brought to life by the epic score of rock hits, which include Bon Jovi’s ‘Blaze of Glory’, Meatloaf’s ‘Is Nothing Sacred’, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler, and many more, all of which capture the emotion and passion of the show. The musical is making its world premiere at the West End’s Arts Theatre.

The show begins with the knights’ triumphant return home from battle, and it soon becomes clear that two of the most eligible ladies in the kingdom, Princess Hannah and Lady Isabel, have more than one noble admirer, giving an early indication of forthcoming heartbreak. However, the joy of their return is short-lived, as the knights are soon summoned to arms once more when a threat is issued against their king. Henceforth, the plot twists and turns with acts fuelled by love, honour, betrayal and jealousy.

The cast of this production features many strong voices, including, Chris Cowley (Saturday Night Fever, Wicked, The Last Five Years) as Sir Palamon, Matt Thorpe (American Idiot, Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You) as Horatio, Oliver Saville (I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, Wicked, The Navigator) as Hugo, Rebekah Lowings (Dick Whittington, Moby Dick, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Lady Isabel, and understudy Kelly Hampson (Legally Blonde, Ghost) as Princess Hannah (this role is normally played by Katie Birtill).

Knights of the Rose is a thrilling tale of chivalry, bravery, tragedy and romance, enlivened by its musical score and made sophisticated by its literary references to Shakespeare, Chaucer, Keats, Marlowe and Wordsworth.

Knights of the Rose is showing at the Arts Theatre until 26th August (to book tickets, click here). For more information on your visit to the Arts Theatre, read our guide.