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The Rose Playhouse

The Rose, built in 1587, was the first Elizabethan Theatre on Bankside and was where Shakespeare learnt his craft. Remains of the Rose Theatre are protected and but there is an exhibition, accessed from Park Street.

The Rose has Open Days on the site every Saturday from 10am to 5pm where you can see a film presentation about the history of Bankside and the Rose Theatre, which includes the dig in 1989 and the future plans to redevelop and display the site. Entry is free but donations are kindly received. 

The Rose Theatre Trust stages many productions of contemporary Elizabethan and modern dramatic work, recently winning 'Best Director' and 'Best New Writing' awards at the Fringe Report Awards. Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition also offers tours of the nearby Rose Theatre site to pre-booked groups and during matinee performances during its theatre season.


Full address:
Rose Theatre Bankside, 56 Park Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9AR, United Kingdom
Phone No: 
+44 (0)20 7593 0026
Opening hours: 
Open days every Saturday, plus prearranged tours
Nearest tube: 
London Bridge
Nearest Rail: 
London Bridge
Disabled access: 
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