Rose Theatre



  • An octagonal Elizabethan theater built in 1587 in London byPhilip Henslowe. The Rose, thatched and built of wood andplaster on a brick foundation, stood on Bankside at the corner ofRose Alley and Maiden Lane on a site that was once a rose garden.

    Between 1592 and 1594 the theater was occupied by Strange'sMen, who probably performed Shakespeare's The comedy of Errorsand Henry VI, Part I during their stay. The actor EdwardAlleyn made his name at the Rose as the leading player with theAdmiral's Men, who were based at the theater from 1594 to 1640,when they left for the Fortune Theatre. The Rose was dismantled when itslease ran out in 1605. In December 1989 part of the site was uncovered duringbuilding work; following a campaign by leading theatrical personalities, thiswas preserved and an exhibition centre was opened (1999).

    In 2008 a new Rose Theatre, modelled partly on the design of the Elizabethan theater, opened in Kingston upon Thames.