We hope to be able to reopen The Rose Playhouse site in mid-September. One reason for this delay after lockdown is that building works to Rose Court, which sits above the archaeological site, will continue to take place and therefore access to the site is restricted.
A second reason is that both entrance to and exit from the site are through the same doorway. Once the building works are complete, the Trustees will undertake a detailed risk assessment to ensure that the site is Covid-secure for all our visitors and volunteers.
We will post regular updates here as things develop. Until we reopen, you can visit our Virtual Rose webpage, which contains links to 3D computer-generated reconstructions of The Rose as well as to online lectures about the playhouse and relevant performances. You can also join us on 6 July for the last in our current series of Zoom talks and live performances.
If you are on Bankside, please walk along Park Street to look at the pictures on the hoardings outside The Rose and the series of information panels outside our entrance, close to Southwark Bridge, which help tell the story of The Rose Playhouse.
We’d like to thank everybody for their support of The Rose Playhouse webinars over the past 16 months, especially our wonderful guests and audiences around the world.
After our webinar on 6 July, we will take a break until the autumn, when we will present online events once a month; this means that the events team can restart live events on-site, but still engage with our all-important online audience.
When the time comes, we will be contacting mailing list members to invite them to the site. We will also ask if they would like to volunteer in some form to make the Rose Revealed Project move from a dream to a reality.
We will host an event with David and Ben Crystal in November. Gary Andrews will be returning on 14 December with a Christmas tale (Sherlock Holmes’s “The Blue Carbuncle”). We hope to see you there!