Famous Ned Alleyn and the Bankside Rose

The Rose Playhouse

an online talk on Zoom by Frank Whately at 7.00 pm

The actor Edward Alleyn will forever be associated with the stage of the Bankside Rose and, especially, with the great Marlovian roles of Tamburlaine and Doctor Faustus. Frank Whately will explore Alleyn’s acting career to discover that he was a player of greater variety than is implied by the roles which have so often been used to define him.

Here’s a preview.



Frank Whately is a teacher, writer and director and an Honorary Fellow of Kingston University, where he was Head of the School of Performance and Screen Studies, creating the Drama Degree programme. He was a founding director of the Kingston Theatre Trust, leading to the building of the Rose Theatre, Kingston, which opened in 2008 with Sir Peter Hall as its first Artistic Director. For many years Frank was an associate writer and director with the National Youth Music Theatre, where his work included The Ragged Child (Bergen International Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sadler’s Wells, BBC 2 TV, Glyndebourne Opera, Rose Theatre, Kingston); October’s Children (Edinburgh International Festival, Swan Theatre, Stratford);  Pendragon (The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, National Theatre of Taiwan, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, City Centre Theatre, Broadway, New York (The New York Times Critic’s Choice), Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Rose Theatre, Kingston). Publications include Actors’ Conversations at the Rose Theatres. In 2018 Frank gave the Marlowe Society’s Annual Lecture at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, entitled “Playing with Power: Christopher Marlowe, Edward Alleyn and the Rose Theatre”.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 24 November.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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020 7261 9565