Friday, 19 August 2016

#plaque366 The Rose Theatre

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

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The Rose Theatre, Park Street SE1

It’s an unusual situation down in Southwark that the first Elizabethan playhouse on Bankside is topped in the popular imagination by the second. William Shakespeare’s Globe is remembered as the crucible of the language. And the new version remains a vibrant artistic centre and great London attraction.

But The Rose got there first.

Open by the late 1580s (the original Globe dates from 1599) it suffered the slings and arrows (to borrow from its neighbour, the bard of Stratford) of outrageous fortune in the shape of bubonic plague outbreaks (during which the theatres were closed) and stiff competition from the bear bating nearby. Squeezed out of business by the Globe, it was abandoned in 1605.

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