If you fancy reading out Shakespeare’s play within the grounds of Bankside’s first theatre, then such an opportunity takes place at the end of this month.

The Rose was established in 1587, and is older than the more famous Globe theatre just up the road.

Today, the remains of the theatre sit underneath an office block, and is fund raising for a conservation effort, and based on the last time I saw the plans, convert the space into a functioning theatre on top of the remains.


The Trust must now raise pledges of £3 million, and are seeking slightly smaller contributions for a chance to read one of the bard’s plays in the subterranean space.

Each play has been reduced to approximately 1 hour, and it costs £10 per person, per play to join in.

Alternatively you can be in the audience, for the same fee.

Booking to be on either side of the stage is here.

Schedule of plays

  • 10am Tamburlaine
  • 11am Twelfth Night
  • 12am Henry VI part I
  • 1 pm The Scottish Play
  • 2 pm Edward II
  • 3 pm Titus Andronicus
  • 4 pm Dr. Faustus
  • 5 pm As You Like It
  • 6 pm The Massacre at Paris
  • 7 pm Romeo and Juliet
  • 8 pm Dido
  • 9 pm Hamlet

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