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“Excellent Shakespeare performance and really interesting history”
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 21 November 2013

I went to see the 'Permanently Bard's' performance of Tewlfth Night at the Rose Theatre. Be prepared for an unusual experience as the actors perform most of the play right in front of you. There is no heating or toilets at the theatre, so make you you 'go' before you arrive and wrap up warm. Blankets are provided to help keep you warm.

The cast made the most of the space available which turned out to be much more than expected. The acting was all excellent and there was a lot of humour in the play. I have never seen a Shakespeare play performed live before and it was brilliant and I would definitely go again.

The old theatre itself is fascinating. It is only open on Saturdays. The original theatre is currently being kept underwater to preserved it and you can stand on a viewing platform to see the outline of the theatre marked out. You can also watch a video and read about the history. It is fascinating and they told me about their plans to transform the theatre, having received lottery funding to be able to go ahead.

There is a charge (for us was £12.50) for tickets to the play, but entrance to the theatre in the day is free.

1  Thank JulesRam
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We went to The Rose on a recommendation from the tour guide at the neighboring Globe Theatre.
What an amazing project they have going on and such a piece of history!
Everyone who visits London, should go by and contribute!

Thank cinike16
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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.

Thank TIC09
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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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