Sunday, 21st February, 2010
The Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, London SE1 9AS | map
THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE
An appreciative STR audience filled the tiny performance space of the Rose Theatre site on Bankside for the Society's exclusive viewing of Robert Pennant-Jones' film, The Genius of Christopher Marlowe and a presentation giving a brief history of the site. Against a computer-aided projection of what the Rose stage might have looked liked when it first welcomed his plays, a galaxy of leading actors performed excerpts from the Marlowe canon. Among them were Frances Barber, Judi Dench, Clive Francis, Joseph Fiennes, Henry Goodman, Derek Jacobi, Anton Lesser, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman and Antony Sher, all of whom donated their services in the making of the film to the Rose trust.
Also shown was the background film which charts how the Rose was rediscovered and follows the progress of the hasty excavations that brought it to light. Between the two, we heard from leading designer William Dudley, a great enthusiast for the Rose whose computer projections brought life to both films. Bill is a great proponent of the theory that neither the Rose nor its neighbour, the Globe, had permanent roofs to their stages, let alone the columns that mar the reconstructed Globe. Pepe Pryke, administrator of the Rose, then outlined some of the exciting plans just now set in motion for further excavation on the Rose site, plus the development of much greater facilities for future visitors.
Meanwhile, the Rose is staging a full programme of evening performances, details of which are available on the theatre's website.
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