Groundlings Theatre are to build The Rose Playhouse for a special Shakespeare Festival where audiences will be able to step back in time for a wholly authentic Tudor experience.
In summer 2019, Groundlings Theatre have announced a unique project never seen before in Portsmouth where they will be building a replica of the Rose Playhouse, the theatre where Romeo & Juliet was first performed in the 16th Century and the setting for the film Shakespeare in Love. The rebuild will be approximately 1/3 scale of the original and will be housed in their own heritage building.
from 10th to 25th July, Groundlings Theatre will be bringing to life a complete Shakespearean experience with a Tudor village and professional in-house productions of Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing playing in repertory. To further add to the authenticity, both shows will be performed in Tudor dress with Romeo & Juliet featuring an all-male cast so the show will be exactly how it would have been when first shown to audiences in 1596.
Artistic Director Richard Stride commented, “We always try to do something different, and this may be our biggest project yet but the response we have had from people has been brilliant and we hope this unique experience will be a highlight of the city’s summer”
More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, built 12 years before the Globe Theatre, It is believed London Rose Playhouse may have been torn down between 1606 and 1613 whilst its remains were uncovered in 1989.