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“Must see for anyone interested in an intimate look at Shakespeare's times”
Review of The Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre
Ranked #536 of 1,631 things to do in London
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Owner description: The Discovery of the Rose.The Rose, Bankside was first rediscovered by Museum of London archaeologists in 1989 during construction of a new office block.The discovery, the first of a rare Elizabethan playhouse, excited huge local, national and international interest and thousands of people visited the archaeological excavation. It provided unique information about the appearance of a playhouse and how plays were staged. A powerful campaign ensured that the structural remains were preserved by reburial and the site was designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by the government to protect it for the future. The Rose Theatre TrustThe Trust was established in 1989 to preserve the Rose and make it accessible to the public. The Trust is working with Southwark Council, English Heritage, the Museum of London, Helm Architecture and many others to develop The Rose Revealed project and realise its aims.Since 1999 the Rose Theatre Trust has encouraged public access to the site of the Rose by a temporary exhibition, programmes of open days and events, readings and performances relevant to the theatrical heritage of the site and short films presenting the history of the Rose and the plays of Marlowe. These activities have been well received and well attended and show that the public’s interest and support for access to the Rose remains as strong as it was after the first discovery. The Rose Revealed Project Will preserve, display and interpret the Rose Theatre and feature an archaeological investigation of the so far unexplored eastern third of the playhouse. The Project will fulfil the widely-supported objectives of the campaign begun in 1989 by:exploring more of the remains archaeologically installing a long-term conservation system for the monumentimproving public access to the Rose creating the on-site Visitor and Learning Centrerestoring the Rose to its original use as a place of entertainment. Rose open days - Come and join us! To encourage public access to the site, The Rose Theatre Trust has created a temporary exhibition showing a short film, presenting the history of The Rose and its important theatrical heritage narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.The Rose Open Days are a vitally important part of keeping the site alive and encourage generous donations as admission is free. They are also important for raising awareness of the site and The Rose Revealed Project. Visitors from all walks of life and from all over the leave The Rose filled with enthusiasm and inspiration.
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“Must see for anyone interested in an intimate look at Shakespeare's times”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

We all know of the reconstructed Globe Theatre, but many visitors interested in Elizabethan London may not be aware that they can visit the site of the remains of The Rose Theatre. Competitors in their heyday, the re-imagined Globe owes much to the excavation of the Rose and seeing the ruins of the Rose adds to appreciation of the re-constructed Globe. The Rose site was discovered in 1989 and has been preserved to allow public access, performances and, eventually full excavation and study. We did not have time to see a performance, but did have a fascinating tour of the ruins, and look forward to a future visit to see what progress is made in the excavation.

Visited May 2013
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Salzburg, Austria
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“Visit London's FIRST theater site!”
Reviewed 3 June 2013

The reconstructed Globe on the Thames gets so much attention most people are not even aware of the fact that London's very first theater was founded a few minute's stroll away. The original Globe and Rose were across the street from each other and sad to say othing remains of either building. Only the archaeological remains of the Rose can be imagined under water and concrete cover, which protect the excavated half, and plank flooring that covers the unexcavated portion, also housing the little museum. But the fact that small theatrical events take place on the very site of the first theatrical venue where Shakespeare himself presided should send goosebumps up the spines of theater lovers, archaeology and history buffs, not to mention Shakespeare fans. The Rose will never be fully reconstructed (at least not on its original site) but an intrepid private group is raising funds to complete the archaeological investigation and eventually make a partial reconstruction possible. In the meantime you should go to an Open Day and attend one of the frequent theatrical events there. We were thrilled to find it, practically by chance!

Visited June 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“A interesting place to visit and see a great performance!”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

A wonderful secret theatre in London, laying under the foundations of a large building. The stage is about 15 foot by 15 foot, and you can almost smell the actors!!! We went to see Hamlet, it was February, please note there is no heating! We wrapped up and took a blanket to go over our knees (we felt like we were 90!) The reduced performance of Hamlet was extremely good. I wish we had taken the opportunity to visit the venue in the day to hear about the archeology. With more donations and raised profile it should be one of the "major" London attractions. The only reason I have given this a "very good" is the lack of facilities, which is part of the attraction.

Visited February 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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“I have to admit, I am not a Shakespreare fan, but I am a fan of The Rose”
Reviewed 30 November 2012

This theater is very small at present. The stage overlooks the original foundations of the building under the existing buildings. We sat no more than 10' from the actors with less than 100 patrons. I have to say, this was a fantastic way to introduce me to Shakespeare. I could not have enjoyed it more.

Staging is very simplistic, so the actors have to carry the entire show.

Wine is available, but bathrooms are not. One has to go to the Globe, around the corner for facilities.

Ask the staff directions to the foundations remaining in the cobblestones of the original Globe which is virtually across the street. Those complete the triumvirate of Shakespeare in that little bankside area.

Visited August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Absolutely a must in more ways than one”
Reviewed 9 July 2012 via mobile

Amazed at the preciousness lying under the appalling building. Disgusted at seeing where things are at with the Arts when a piece of not only national heritage but world heritage is left to crumble if not disappear. In a city gripped by Olympics fever which will have spent millions but leaves a treasure of this sort to extinguish is a disgrace. The Globe was recreated thanks to the benevolence of actor, Sam Wannamaker. Why does it take private individuals to save British heritage, the government is very happy to use it to promote London. It is a moral obligation for British Heritage to pull out all stops to save The Rose. The volunteer staff there are doing a great job and deserve OBE for what they are doing!

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