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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 Tuesday 22 January 2019 and Tuesday 29 January 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
  • Friday 25 January 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
  • Monday 18 February 2019
    This talk delivered Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Ken Pickering, explores how Marlowe’s plays reveal an awareness of the performance possibilities of a Tudor playhouse. Ken is also the former Professor of Theatre and Visiting Scholar in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University, Washington State. He is currently Honorary Professor of Drama at the University of Kent in Marlowe's home town of Canterbury.
    The George (Talbot Room)
  • Friday 1 March 2019
    Do you like stories that make the hairs stand up at the back of your neck? Join us for SPRING SHIVERS – an evening of readings of three classic spine- chilling tales accompanied by unnerving live sound, in the exquisitely ominous surroundings of The Rose Playhouse.
    The Rose Playhouse
  • 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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