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Rose Playhouse

This is the indoor archeological site of the historic Rose Theatre; when it was erected in 1587 the Rose was only the fifth purpose-built theatre in London, and the first on Bankside. Its repertory included Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Jew of Malta and Tamburlaine the Great, Kyd's Spanish Tragedy and Shakespeare's Henry VI part I and Titus Andronicus.

The success of the Rose soon encouraged other theatres to be built on Bankside, the Swan in 1595 and the Shakespeare's Globe in 1599. These rivals swiftly overtook the Rose and it had been abandoned as a theatre by 1606.

In 1988 part of the site became available for archaeological investigation following the demolition of a 1950s office block, Southbridge House, and subsequently some two thirds of the theatres ground plan was uncovered - its foundations, the position of the stage and hundreds of small objects and finds which are now housed in the Museum of London. There are plans to excavate the remaining section as funds allow.

See Also: Bankside - SE1, Shakespeare's Globe & Exhibition

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