Friends excursions: Shakespeare’s London and the Rose Playhouse

Walking tour

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Thursday 28 September 2017

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Cutaway of The Rose Theatre

© The Rose Theatre Trust

Join fellow Friends for a fascinating walking tour of Bankside and Blackfriars. See where the Bard sold his plays, then pay a visit the site of the historic Rose Playhouse.

We 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.

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 the position of the pit and two stages can now be observed thanks to an archaeological excavation in 1989. 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 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 28 September 2017

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

£60. Includes a light lunch, glass of wine, coffee/tea and entry to the Rose Playhouse.

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