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Susannah York to perform at the Rose Theatre

Eleanor Wallis

Susannah York will appear on Bankside in February, for the St Valentine's Festival at the Rose Theatre. She will be performing her one-woman show 'The Loves of Shakespeare's Women' from 14 to 16 February.

Rose Theatre Exhibition

The event is the initiative of the Rose Theatre Trust. It's one of many fundraising ventures to enable further excavation of the remains of this historic Elizabethan theatre.

The 40 minute performance will include speeches and sonnets from Shakespeare's most famous female characters, interwoven with commentary by York.

Tickets are £15 and will include wine and canapĆ©s by Bankside Restaurant. For an extra £7 ticket holders can also enjoy a special post-performance meal at the restaurant.

With only 70 seats available for three shows, tickets should sell out fast. Those who do secure one are advised to wrap up well. Trust director Tony Toller said: "You could say the conditions are somewhat authentic. To protect the fragile foundations we cannot supply heating."

In fact the venue is far from luxurious. Located in an eighties office block, the Rose site is simply mapped out by red floor spotlights. The walls are mostly bare and any visible remains are under water (to stop them drying out and cracking). But the opportunity to see an acclaimed actor where Shakespeare and Marlowe once stood before will no doubt prove irresistible to many.

To reserve tickets call 020 7261 9565 or email [email protected]">[email protected] (The Rose Theatre Trust is also seeking volunteers and sponsors. Contact Marilyn Berger on the above number for details).

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