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The Rose Playhouse

The Rose Playhouse was the first Tudor theatre on Bankside, built in 1587 and is now an archaeological relic. Events take place in an intimate space against a backdrop of the historic remains of the Elizabethan arena which are illuminated with LED lights to create a unique atmosphere.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Between Friday 29 March 2019 and Friday 19 April 2019
    Join us for a walking tour all about the extraordinary life of Edward Alleyn, the principal actor at The Rose Playhouse in the 16th Century. Amble along the streets of London with our knowledgable volunteer, visiting Alleyn's playhouses and learning about Tudor theatre practice. The 2-hour tour will start at Moorgate Underground station and end at Farringdon Underground station, via theatre sites in the Barbican and Clerkenwell, and also the office of the Master of the Revels.
    Moorgate Underground
  • Between Tuesday 2 April 2019 and Sunday 7 April 2019
    Come and explore the streets of Bankside with our expert guide, who will take you to visit important historic sites in the area. Learn about Bankside's vibrant locality during the heyday of The Rose Playhouse; in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Beginning outside The Rose Playhouse on Park Street, the group will walk to Borough Market, the remains of Winchester Palace, and the environs of Southwark Cathedral, before returning along the riverside and down Bear Gardens.
    The Rose Playhouse
  • Between Tuesday 23 April 2019 and Sunday 5 May 2019
    Shakespeare meets Postmodern Jukebox in a musical version of one of his best loved comedies, set on a cruise liner at the height of the roaring twenties. Featuring a live jazz band performing music by Rihanna, Britney Spears, Radiohead, Michael Jackson and many more… Performed by OVO.
    The Rose Playhouse
  • Between Wednesday 8 May 2019 and Friday 10 May 2019
    The latest show from acclaimed musicians, Chris Green and Sophie Matthews, takes in 600 years of musical history in just 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-top tour of Western musical history, complete with a bewildering array of instruments such as the hurdy-gurdy, rauschpfeife and vihuela!
    The Rose Playhouse
  • Back by popular demand, 2019 is the fifth year The Rose Playhouse is hosting the Readathon. This is your chance to perform at the first Tudor theatre on Bankside, reading the famous roles of the venue's contemporary playwrights such as Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Each performer selects their role from a hat then will have an hour to act out a play, before we rotate and move on to the next title. If you'd rather just watch, then take a seat!
    The Rose Playhouse
  • Monday 13 May 2019
    Join us at Southwark Cathedral for our Gala celebration featuring dramatic readings from celebrity patrons including Janet Suzman, and music. Stay on for the Drinks Reception and a Silent Auction with items donated by Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Tony Robinson, amongst others.
    Southwark Cathedral
  • Between Tuesday 14 May 2019 and Sunday 19 May 2019
    Anərkē Shakespeare, a new innovative theatre company, creates raw and fast-paced Shakespeare, bringing you the multifaceted text by a diverse, gender-blind, actor-led ensemble without a director, inspired by the working conditions in which Shakespeare conceived his plays. The audience, together with the cast, will work imagination to bring to life the sceptred isle of England, in this film noir, naked-framed perspective of Richard II – Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece.
    The Rose Playhouse

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