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Review of The Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre
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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.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

This place is only open on Saturday. Entrance is free but they would appreciate a donation to help with future archeological work. They show a film of the history of the theatre and a volunteer will discuss some aspects of the foundation already uncovered and plans for the future. It is also a working theatre with plays most of the year.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We stumbled across this as we were walking along the south bank towards the Globe.

What a fascinating find! We were treated to an excellent film about the history of the Rose Theatre and actors who had performed there such as Marlowe & Shakespeare. The archeological site is there too, but in a 'cocoon' until they can afford to do the proper preservation work.

The Rose is well worth visiting - make a donation to help them do the essential work (admission is free otherwise). Plays are also put on here. The volunteer staff are enthusiastic, which always helps!

We visited on 17th August, 2013.

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

I knew this theatre existed but did not realise what an important site it is and what great plans there are to preserve it. Fantastic to think that Marlowe and Shakespeare had been there. Went to the FREE talk and film about the history of this 16c theatre and the plans for development . I will watch with keen interest how it progresses. Surely there are lots of well known and rich actors who could financially support this theatre? How about the West End theatres ?

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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We decided to do this tour as an add-on to the Globe theatre exhibition. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and she proved to be very amusing and interesting. The history of this theatre is fascinating and although it is very dark inside and quite hard to see you can feel the atmosphere. It is only a stones throw away from the Globe theatre which although historic, being a new building, is a world away from the atmosphere in the Rose. Don't go deliberately to see this theatre unless you plan other things to do in the area as it will take hardly any time at all to go round it. But if you are in the area spare half and hour to do the tour. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Tiny place but beautiful, very historic. Only takes a few minutes but its free to have a look around. No faclites here; its good as a little detour. You can learn a lot about Southwark from the free film they play during the day. Ideal starting point for a historic tour of the area

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