The Rose Theatre was built in 1587 but was only discovered in 1989 during excavations for new office buildings. Two-thirds of the original site were discovered, and the public formed a campaign to 'Save the Rose' and protect it from redevelopment. The Rose was the first of four playhouses to be built at Bankside. Shakespeare's company, which was based at the nearby Globe Theatre also played here. During the summer months Shakespeare's Globe brings tours to the Rose every day except Monday, and the tours encompass both the Globe Exhibition and the site of the Rose. Fundraising to fully excavate the site is still ongoing, and in the meantime, visitors can explore a light and sound exhibition, with a video narrated by Sir Ian Mckellan. There is also large scale model of the Rose Theatre as it might have been in 1587.
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31 St Thomas Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Rose Theatre
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
53 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Rose Theatre
Housed in a former chocolate factory, this innovative theatre has rapidly established itself as one of London's best. Since opening in 2004, it has had half-a-dozen ... More
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21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Rose Theatre
This replica of the Shakespeare's 16th century theatre, reconstructed just 200 yards from its original site, is the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker. ... More
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The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 9 minutes from Rose Theatre
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London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Rose Theatre
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
London Bridge, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Rose Theatre
Dating back to around 1220 Southwark Cathedral is the oldest Gothic church in London. It has a varied and lively history and houses interesting memorials connected ... More
London > Shopping > Markets
Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Rose Theatre
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1 Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Rose Theatre
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City Hall, 110 The Queens Walk, Bankside, London SE1 | 12 minutes from Rose Theatre
Potters Fields Park occupies a prime spot between City Hall (from where the Mayor runs London) and Tower Bridge. The pedestrianised, grassy area on the south ... More
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77 Borough High Street, Southwark, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Rose Theatre
Dating back to 1676 this is the only original galleried inn left in London. Borough High Street was once crammed full of old coaching inns, providing accommodation ... More
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