The Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre, London: Hours, Address, The Rose Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Rose Theatre
12:00 - 16:00
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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The area
Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • Mansion House • 7 min walk
  • Cannon St • 7 min walk

50 reviews
Very good

Barnard Castle, UK42 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
great visit here last month, came across it by mistake on way to Globe and what a little gem, the girls were amazing, enthusiastic and very informative, showed us where they are trying to excavate the Rose and also how a play was read, lots of other information and a great film at the end, all for free although we did leave a donation as it was an amazing hour, tip if you have been here you could feel cheated when you go to the Globe at £17 each as it is nowhere near as good and the tour guide there was useless and just repeated most of what we heard free here yes you do see inside the globe but no worth the money, keep up the good work and we hope to return
Written 4 March 2018
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4 contributions
Saw Macbeth next to the actual stage where Shakespeare stood on stage
Feb 2018 • Friends
What an atmosphere! A tiny stage next to the archeological remains of Shakespeare's actual Rose Playhouse. Intimate but exciting - and a real spirited performance from the actors. Fantastic experience.
Written 3 February 2018
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So Ca172 contributions
Fascinating bit of London history
Sep 2017 • Couples
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 it was a very interesting visit. Definitely stay to watch the short film as it's well worth it.
Written 13 September 2017
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Tony S
Croydon, UK47 contributions
Group vist by Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society
Mar 2017 • Friends
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 the money needed for thier worthwhile propject.
Written 18 March 2017
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Gastonia, NC203 contributions
Save this historical theatre!
Oct 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 until more funds are brought around. Her goal is to rebuild it (like the Globe) to it's glory. I pray it happens. This little theatre also performs plays in a small up close and personal area. Lovely spot for theatre lovers to visit. It's open on Saturdays.
Written 23 October 2016
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Atlanta, GA276 contributions
Fascinating Hidden Gem
Sep 2016 • Solo
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 theatre, one of the first in England. The exploration of it is ongoing and the site itself has only a little to actually look at. But the volunteers who man the site on Saturdays are extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Their talk and the films presented are fascinating. I highly recommend it.
Written 25 September 2016
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Martin B
Crawley, UK69 contributions
Save The Rose Theatre
Aug 2016 • Couples
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 of which were enjoyable. The remains of the theatre (underneath an ugly office block) are currently covered for preservation purposes however you can see the outline in illumination and it's such a quiet, dark space that it is easy to conjure up the past. Astonishingly the Rose is struggling to get the necessary funds to turn the space into the tourist spot that it should be for the world to see so it's worth supporting by putting something extra into the donation box on top of the small entrance fee of just £3. We were delighted by the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers.
Written 5 September 2016
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Bob B
United Kingdom17 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jun 2016 • Couples
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 corner. I cannot recommend the Rose highly enough.
Written 26 June 2016
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London3 contributions
Amazing place that theatre lovers should not missed!
May 2016 • Solo
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 watch the play in a really close view, I mean you rather feeling in the play than watching it ! the place itself is very interesting too, after watching an amazing play you can explore the place and know about the history of this first playhouse on bankside in London. I will be back in two weeks time for The Alchemist!
Written 1 June 2016
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Eve M
Tomball, TX31 contributions
The play's the thing!
May 2016 • Couples
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, in contrast, was minimalist in production effects but had excellent actors who brought the language and moral dilemmas of the play into clear focus in a compelling way. The staging made creative use of the space and my husband, who is not the Shakespeare fan I am, enjoyed this play the most of the 3 we saw in London. I have to say I did too! Loved the fact that the language of the play was the priority, and although it was adapted for length, I felt it was very true to the spirit of the play. The small, intimate space allowed for actors to interact with the audience. For only £12., a great value and an interesting historical site. Bravo! (But do dress warmly as there is no heat. The performance will keep your interest so you won't notice,)
Written 25 May 2016
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  • Sat - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
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