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Shakespeare’s London and the Rose Playhouse


Thursday 13 September 2018
11am — 3.30pm

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Cutaway of the Rose Playhouse

© The Rose Theatre Trust

Join fellow Friends for a fascinating walking tour around Blackfriars and Bankside to discover the sites where the Bard performed and sold his plays.

On this walking tour we’ll visit the places where Shakespeare sold his plays, such as the Blackfriars Theatre, and other sites that he references in his plays such as St. Benet Church. Mentioned in Twelfth Night, it was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the original was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

Our guide, David Charles Pearce, is director of The Rose Playhouse, the first purpose-built playhouse to stage a production of any of Shakespeare’s plays. The Rose was originally built in 1587 and its success encouraged the building of other theatres around Bankside, including the Swan in 1595 and the Globe in 1599.

Following lunch at the Swan Bar at the Globe, we visit the hidden site of the Rose and see the parts of the theatre that were uncovered by archaeologists in 1989, while we hear about the subsequent campaign to save the site.

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Thursday 13 September 2018

11am — 3.30pm

Meet the RA representative in the entrance hall of Blackfriars tube station, on the north side of Blackfriars Bridge.

£65. Includes a set lunch with wine and coffee at The Swan Bar at the Globe and private entry to the Rose Playhouse.