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Shakespeare/Marlowe Readathon - The Rose Playhouse, Bankside

THE ROSE Playhouse is holding a sponsored Reading Marathon on May 31, 2014, from 10am to 10pm to raise money for its Rose Revealed Project.

You are invited to join professional actors taking part in one of the following plays – some of which were originally performed at the Rose Playhouse. Play

Tamburlaine at 10am.
Twelfth Night at 11am.
Henry VI part I at 12 noon.
Macbeth at 1pm.
Edward II at 2pm.
Titus Andronicus at 3pm.
Dr. Faustus at 4pm.
As You Like It at 5pm.
The Massacre at Paris at 6pm.
Romeo and Juliet at 7pm.
Dido, Queen of Carthage at 8pm.
Hamlet at 9pm.

Each play has been reduced to approximately one hour. The idea is to have one set of readers exiting as the next set enters and starts reading. If there is a break in the reading a volunteer will step in and read a sonnet.

To join as a Sponsored Actor/Reader – Download 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 is £10 per person, per play.

To hear the reading as an Audience member – visit to purchase a ticket to the play of your choice. Audiences will be asked to leave promptly at the end of each play so the next one can start smoothly without interruption. Tickets cost £10 per person (no concessions).

Refreshments will be on sale but there are no toilet facilities on site.

There will be a unique certificate for everyone participating in this event. Further information will be sent on registration.

The Rose Theatre 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.

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