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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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A Rose by Any Other Name

Opened in 1587, The Rose was the fourth public Elizabethan Theatre to be built, and the first of many to be situated in Bankside, Southwark. One might think it is named after the Tudor Rose, but in fact, it is named after the 'Little Rose' messuage, which was originally there.

The was the first purpose-built playhouse to ever stage a production of a Shakespearean play, but was unpopular with the public because it was smaller than most theatres, and had a distorted egg shape. In 1605 the theatre's lease ran out; it was abandoned, and shortly afterwards pulled down.

in 1989 the remains of The Rose were under threat by building development, so a campaign was launched to save it. The campaign was led by several leading theatre actors, including Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier.

The Rose was saved, and the new building was built suspended above the remains. In 2007 the site was opened up as a performance space.

To learn more about the campaign, you should book tickets to see Save The Rose on the 10th February, 7.30pm.

Save The Rose is a documentary by local resident, Richard Miller, who filmed the events of the final excavation day in in March 1989. The screening will include a newly edited version of the film, plus an introduction by Richard Miller.

Tickets are 8 or 6 concessions and can be booked by calling 020 7261 9565. Although the screening will take place inside, there is no heating, so be sure to wrap up warm.
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When: 10th Feb, 7.30pm
Phone: 020 7261 9565
Where: The Rose Theatre
Cost: 8, 6 concessions
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