Tuesday 6th to 18th September 2016 At 7.30pm (Sundays at 3pm only)
The Rose Unfolds - Salon Season
A Festival Celebrating Pioneering Woman Playwrights of The Restoration 1660 - 1720.
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Hugely successful in their time, these 17th Century gems and the actresses they made famous have been neglected by history, their influence undervalued and the work ignored. Writing for both the newly built theatres of the West End and private Literary Salons, these women paved the way for generations to come, creating a new theatre culture in London.
The Rose aims is to play host to these neglected plays, we feel it is high time for them to be re-examined and performed, shedding light on the pioneering, experimental and successful work of 'The Female Wits'.
The Salon Season will bring together some of London's best female directors with all female casts to stage six little known Restoration plays, written for women by women. The staged readings will run for a two week season in September 2016, developing into a full festival to coincide with International Women’s Day and Women of the World Festival on London’s South Bank in 2017.
Six female directors rediscover six rarely performed works with all female casts.
Natasha Rickman - The Beau Defeated by Mary Pix
(Tuesday 6th / Wednesday 7th)
Charlotte Ive - The Basset Table by Susanna Centlivre
(Thursday 8th / Friday 9th)
Alex Pearson - The Fatal Friendship by Catherine Trotter
(Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th)
Jenny Eastop - The Feigned Courtesans by Aphra Behn
(Monday 12th / Tuesday 13th)
Kate Handford - The Royal Mischief by Delarivier Manley
(Wednesday 14th / Thursday 15th)
Marnie Nash - She Ventures and He Wins by 'Ariadne'
(Friday 16th / Saturday 17th)
‘It might be the oldest theatre in London, and the stage might be tiny, but this is the most imaginative and powerful up to date drama happening.’ The Stage
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.