Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:01 PM
The performance takes place on a wooden platform above the foundations of the original Rose, which are just below ground level of a modern building. The candle-lit waterlogged foundations form the backdrop and were used to good effect during the performance. The platform is the viewing area on visit days.
There are two rows of seats numbering about 50 or 60, on 3 sides of the performance area. It was freezing cold but they provide blankets. I didn't use mine but did need my coat and scarf on. The performers were in thin costumes and either barefoot or in ballet flats and must have been perishing but they were energetic so maybe that kept them warm.
It was atmospheric and in terms of Shakespeare heritage I enjoyed this experience much more than most of my Globe visits. I prefer the idea of preserving the site of the theatre and having performances there, than trying to reproduce/reconstruct the building and original practices etc. I'm eager to go back soon.
The BO staff were friendly, there's a tiny foyer with some heritage displays etc (not sure how they cram people in pre-doors when it's full as in the Hamlet) but no toilet so be warned you have to head 200m up the road to the nearest pub who apparently expect to get some Rose patrons doing this and are fine with it.
Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:20 AM
Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:01 AM
Anyway, ahem - all was fine.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:35 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:06 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:32 PM
I suppose no showers either? How exactly would you describe the odour of his charming BO?
Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:51 PM
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