The Rose Playhouse, first Elizabethan theatre on Bankside, dating from 1587, holds a series of Open Days throughout the year at which visitors can view the remains of the theatre. Open every Saturday from 12-4 pm, there is a short film about the history of the Rose (shown at 15 minutes past the hour and narrated by Sir Ian McKellen), information about the archaeological site and a workshop. A different workshop is held each time: either with archaeological artefacts from 400 years ago, or Tudor clothing (you can try some on!) or a short talk on Elizabethan theatre practice with the opportunity to read some scripts of Shakespeare’s plays in their original form. Details of which workshop is being held on which Saturday can be found on www.roseplayhouse.org.uk. Entry to the site is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
However, in June there will be two special events at the Rose. On Saturday 2nd June, we will be holding our fourth Readathon, consisting of 6 plays in 6 hours! Three of these plays will be by Shakespeare and three by Marlowe, both of whom were at the playhouse in the 16th century. You can attend as an audience member or take part in the readings. The details and how to book can be found on Eventbrite.
The other special event is on Saturday 16th June. This will feature Alleyn’ Rose Dancers, a group who perform dances from the time of Elizabeth I when Edward Alleyn was the famous actor at the Rose. Dances will be demonstrated, but there is also the chance to join in some of the more straightforward ones! This does not require booking, you can just turn up. The address is 56 Park Street, SE1 9AR.
Hope to see you at an Open Day and, in particular, the two special events!