London: Rose Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London SE1
Location: Bankside / 59 Park Street

Built 1587 for the business man Philip Henslowe as the first theatre on London's Bankside. Enlarged 1592. Used for performances of plays by Kyd, Jonson, Shakespeare, and Marlowe. Closed 1606.

Remains discovered and partially excavated 1989. Subsequently covered for preservation. On 13 Apr 1999 an exibition on the history of the Rose Theatre opened on the site. The relics themselves are not open to the public.

Notable world premieres:

  • William Shakespeare: Henry VI: Part I (3 Mar 1592*+)
  • William Shakespeare: Richard III (30 Dec 1593*+)
  • William Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus (Jan 1594*)
  • Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus
* earliest recorded production
+ if the play performed was indeed Shakespeare's

Links: www.roseplayhouse.org.uk, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

[London: Rose Theatre] Front Text: "The Rose 1592"
Reverse Text: "Shakespeare's Globe (The Rose 1592). Reproduced from a stamp designed by C Walter Hodges and issued by Royal Mail on 8 August 1995"
Publisher: Royal Mail Stamp Card Series; PHQ 172(b) 8.95; 1995
Size: Modern
Not sent.

For a picture of all stamps in this series, see London: "Bankside Theatres".


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