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The Rose Theatre

56 Park Street | Bankside, London SE1 9AR, England
+44 20 7261 9565
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Fascinating bit of London history

We saw the sign advertising The Rose while walking along the Thames. My husband had read about it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
So Ca
Group vist by Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society

Had what we thought was a arranged visit,not the case, but we were still given a talk as guides... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Tony S
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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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56 Park Street | Bankside, London SE1 9AR, England
+44 20 7261 9565
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the sign advertising The Rose while walking along the Thames. My husband had read about it so we followed the arrows and were so pleasantly surprised. It's an excavation site, at this time, but the staff there are so enthusiastic and informative that...More

Thank AnneSoCa
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Had what we thought was a arranged visit,not the case, but we were still given a talk as guides turned up for a training meeting.Very pleased thst they managed to do so,Very passionate knowlegdeable guide. Will re visit for a proper visit. Hope they raise...More

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I came across this theatre (an excavation site) after visiting Shakespeare's Globe. It was the first Elizabethan Theatre built. I had a roughly 45 minute chat with the lady fighting to get funds to excavate this place. The site is currently being protected in water...More

1  Thank Rio725
Reviewed 25 September 2016

For anyone genuinely interested in theatre history The Rose is a must. It is just a few blocks away from the much better known and flashier Globe Theatre, which is actually not on the original site. The Rose is an excavation of the actual original...More

Thank AndreLePlume
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Being interested in Shakespeare we visited the Rose which is just a short walk from the Globe and well worth seeing. We were greeted by an enthusiastic lady whom kindly showed us in and gave us an informative presentation combined with two short films, both...More

1  Thank Martin B
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We went to the Rose to see The Alchemist last night. A really excellent performance and for the money it must be the best value in central London. OK there are no loos but you can use all the facilities of the Globe around the...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I went to The Rose theatre last week to see the play Measure for Measure, this was my first visit to The Rose, and I was so glad that I went. the actors were top class, as they only have about 50 seats, you can...More

Thank LondonAmykang
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

If you love Shakespeare and plan to visit London, don't miss the performance of Measure for Measure at the Rose! We found this unique historic site tucked away as we went to see the grand productions at the Globe, a few blocks away. This play,...More

Thank Eve M
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Forget about the West End this is theatre at its very best and at £12 unbelievable value for money. A truly awesome space steeped in theatrical history made into an edgy modern stage. We saw a stripped back production of Measure for Measure with a...More

Thank SallyH186338
Reviewed 9 May 2016

If you are in London go to the Rose playhouse sight. They have found and are preserving the remains of the original Rose theater. They are also putting on intimate plays on its current stage.Go and see it and help bring back this piece of...More

1  Thank Charles N
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carol t
25 June 2015|
Response from Pepe P | Property representative |
The Rose Thistle is the closest on Southwark Bridge Road.