The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0583  Monday, 30 November 2009

From:       Julian Bowsher <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 13:58:00 -0000
Subject:    Book Announcement: The Rose and the Globe: Playhouses of 
Shakespeare's Bankside, Southwark

The Museum of London Archaeology has just published _The Rose and the 
Globe: Playhouses of Shakespeare's Bankside, Southwark: Excavations 
1988-91_ by Julian Bowsher and Pat Miller.


The excavation of two of the famous playhouses of Tudor London, the Rose 
and the Globe, provided the first concrete evidence for the size, layout 
and development of these playhouses, now presented in detail for the 
first time in 400 years.

The remains of the Rose playhouse were revealed 20 years ago and aroused 
great interest throughout the world, far beyond the normal confines of 
archaeological discovery. To the scholarly world the Rose was famous 
through the survival of day-to-day accounts written by its owner Phillip 
Henslowe, and to the theatre world as the stage where many of Marlowe's 
plays were first performed; the investigations brought this history to 
life. The excavation of a smaller part of the Globe, the home of many of 
Shakespeare's plays, revealed less detail but was an important 
emotional, as well as archaeological discovery.

This volume is an archaeological report, but it will appeal to a wider 
audience of those interested in the history and development of the 
theatre. The hundreds of individual elements found in the excavations, 
together with newly researched documentary sources, have been fully 
integrated into a narrative description and thematic discussions on 
every aspect of the playhouses, the plays and the audiences. The volume 
is lavishly illustrated with contemporary views, reconstructions and 
detailed drawings and photographs of structures and finds from the 

The Rose and the Globe: Playhouses of Shakespeare's Bankside, Southwark: 
excavations 1988-91 by Julian Bowsher and Pat Miller, published by 
Museum of London Archaeology (hardback 172 pp)  

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