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Shakespeare in Love theatre to be rebuilt in the North

The British Shakespeare Company (BSC) is to rebuild a full-size replica of the Rose Theatre, from the film Shakespeare in Love, in the north of England.

The 14-sided structure, which was donated to the company by Dame Judi Dench, is currently in storage but BSC founder Robert Williamson is discussions with councils in Sheffield, Manchester and York about the proposal.

A charitable trust is being set up to take on the project and the BSC is awaiting plans, architects models and full details of the planned reconstruction.

The original Rose Theatre built in 1587 is where William Shakespeare first performed his plays and also worked as an actor (marked out excavation of the original building pictured right). It was the fourth public theatre to be built in London, following the construction of The Theatre (1576), the Curtain (1577), and the auditiorium Newington Butts (around 1580) and ‘the first of several playhouses to be situated in Bankside, Southwark, in a liberty outside the jurisdiction of the City of London‘s civic authority’.

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