ROSE READATHON – 12 Plays in 12 Hours!

Rose Readathon – Saturday 31st May 2014

We are holding a sponsored Reading Marathon on the 31st May from 10 am to 10 pm to raise money for our Rose Revealed Project.  Come and join our professional actors in taking part in one of the following plays –  some of which were originally performed at the Rose Playhouse.

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside is a government-protected Scheduled Ancient Monument, now At Risk, looked after by English Heritage who monitor it regularly.  The aim of The Rose Theatre Trust (established in 1989) is to start urgent conservation, following a public archaeological excavation to reveal the eastern third of the Rose (the entrance and possible stair turret) in 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare and Marlowe’s birth.  Once the entire site is protected with a new conservation system, the project will provide new interpretive displays and visitor facilities and a performance space.  Completion should be in 2016, the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Henslowe, The Rose owner/manager.  The Trust has been successful in being awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) First-Round development grant of £248,000 to draw up detailed plans.  The Trust must now raise pledges of £3m before HLF will consider the Second-Round application for a further £780,000 for a delivery grant.

Scheduled Time Play

10am  Tamburlaine    

11am Twelfth Night   

12am  Henry VI part I

1 pm   Macbeth

2 pm   Edward II  

3 pm   Titus Andronicus

4 pm   Doctor Faustus  

5 pm   As You Like It  

6 pm   The Massacre at Paris  

7 pm   Romeo and Juliet  

8 pm Dido, Queen of Carthage

9 pm   Hamlet 

On the day we would ask you to arrive fifteen minutes before the approximate time of the play you have selected. Please remember there are no toilets on site.

To join as a Sponsored Actor / ReaderDownload the information and the sponsorship form and proceed to to register for the play of your choice.  Please note the time schedule is very approximate.  You may participate in more than one play, but will need to register each time.  Registration fee £10 per person, per play. 

To come and hear our reading as an Audience membervisit to purchase a ticket to the play of your choice. We would request that the audience leaves promptly at the end of each play so the next one can start smoothly without interruption. Tickets £10 per person. Sorry No Concessions.