Rose Theatre

Theatre, Fringe South Bank
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Rose Theatre

Rose Theatre caused something of a stir in 1989 when its archaeological remains, dating back to 1587, were found at Bankside. Supporters, including the late Lawrence Olivier, managed to protect the site from development and more than two thirds of the original theatre has now been excavated. The site now stands as a visitor centre offering a sort of potted-history of the venue, as well as a working theatre offering a mix of both contemporary works and pieces that have a connection with the Rose’s history.


Venue name: Rose Theatre
Address: 56 Park St
Transport: Tube: Southwark; Rail: London Bridge
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Fascinating little archaeological site tucked away. Starting off with a short video telling of the history and excavation of the theatre, and an interesting use of lights show exactly where the theatre used to be. There are a lot of artefacts in London displayed in glass boxes, but to be able to experience history in a different way by standing on the very site of Elizabethan plays and see ongoing archaeological preservation is a unique experience. Staff are also lovely and knowledgeable. Recommend popping in to have a look!

a brilliant venue run by a brilliant team of volunteers. it's amazing to stand on the very spot where shakespeare acted

An incredible site, and of tremendous importance - historically, socially and artistically

Just an amazing space. A total hidden secret. Stand where Shakespeare actually worked - the real thing.

The Rose is truly unique & irreplaceable, as a venue and as a living piece of history

This is the real deal! It is the authentic remains of an elizabethan theatre, one of the first Playhouses ever built. Due to issues with the preservation of the site, there is not that much to see but unlike the (though very impressive and picturesque) Shakespeare's Globe (always worth seeing a Play there!) it is not a reconstruction but the actual remains of one of the famous 'wooden O's of the Shakespeares, Marlowes and Jonsons of their days.
The place is run by few but intensely (and rightfully so) dedicated volunteers who are lovingly fighting for more recognition and to expand on the exhibition, as well as running the site as a Fringe Venue with classic and new Plays. Just imagine seeing an original Shakespeare right where hundreds of years ago the man himself might have stood along with the other Players in a Performance seen by the elizabethan public! A true secret gem tucked right under Southwark Bridge!!

A marvellous theatre - intimate, yet with a powerful sense of overarching space.

Is a great place to visit, the history of the rose will embrace your soul. The people working at the rose and friendly and welcoming.

It's the real thing. The fascinating, spine-tingling site of the first Elizabethan theatre on Bankside. Now operating as an intimate theatre with free open days every Saturday.....,soon to be much more!

This is pure London and original Tudor history. As well as an important archaeological site of the foundation of the original building, it is still holding excellent performances to small, intimate audiences to help raise funds to excavate the rest of the site. I am sure Shakespeare and friends are applauding in the shadows that their magic is being kept alive.

One of London's best kept secrets. You must go. Full of incredible history and stories, run by inspiring people.

Dating from 1587, the remains of this amazing Tudor theatre are being conserved, and used as a venue for plays again. It's wonderful to see a production right next to the place where plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries were performed for the first time!