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18 May - Bankside's first Tudor theatre, The Rose, revealed

As we celebrate Shakespeare 400 years on, visit The Rose Playhouse to hear about its rediscovery in 1989 and future plans for the site.
Time and details: 
1pm - 1.45pm (arrive by 12.50pm for a prompt start)
RSVP by: 
Friday, 13 May 2016

The Rose Playhouse

56 Park Street
London SE1 9AR
  • The Rose Playhouse

Meet: The Rose Playhouse. Arrive by 12.50pm for a 1pm start. The talk will finish by 1.45pm.

As we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, join us to discover more about one of Bankside's hidden gems - The Rose Playhouse. Come and see the site, hear from those involved in the discovery of Bankside's first Tudor theatre, and learn about it's intriguing past and plans for the future. 

Built in 1587, a time when Bankside was a rowdy pleasure-quarter full of of theatres, brothels and bear baiting arenas, The Rose was the place where Shakespeare’s Henry VI part I and Titus Andronicus were first performed. The success of The Rose soon encouraged other theatres to be built on Bankside: the Swan in 1595 and the Globe in 1599. These rivals swiftly overtook the Rose and it appears to have fallen out of use by 1603.

During the construction of a new office block in 1989 the remains were discovered, generating a huge local and international media campaign to ensure the site was preserved. The Rose now runs a programme of productions throughout the year and is open every Saturday for public viewing. The Rose Theatre Trust is now working towards a plan to explore the remains of the rest of the site, create a visitor centre, and restore it to its original use. 

Join this lunchtime talk to learn more about this amazing piece of history just around the corner from you.

Please rsvp to info [at] by Friday 13 May to secure your place.

Apr 25 2016