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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

  • Tuesday 11 May 2021
    Using Edward Alleyn’s Diary (MS IX 1617–1622), letters and other documents from the Archive at Dulwich College, Calista Lucy, Keeper of the Archive, will consider some ideas around why and how Edward Alleyn turned himself from actor to gentleman farmer and philanthropist. There will be an opportunity at the end of the talk to look at Henslowe’s Diary, the Fortune Playhouse contract and the ‘platte’ (plot) for The Second Part of the Seven Deadly Sins.
    Via Zoom — you will be sent a link once you have booked.
  • Tuesday 25 May 2021
    A trip to Bankside in 1600 might well have included a visit to an animal baiting arena. What was baiting, who was doing it, and how did activities differ between London and elsewhere? All these questions will be explored in my talk, which will give an overview of what is currently known of animal baiting, and present some emerging new findings from the AHRC-funded Box Office Bears project.
    Via Zoom — you will be sent a link once you have booked.