Southwark playhouses commemorative postage stamps


The Rose playhouse 1592
Commemorative postage stamp
August 1985

In August 1985 the British Post Office issued a series of five commemorative postage stamps celebrating playhouses in Southward (London) which were open and pulling in the crowds during the time of Shakespeare.

The theatres depicted were The Rose (1592), The Swan (1595), The Globe (1599), The Hope (1613), and The Globe (1614).

The first Globe was destroyed by fire in 1613 during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII (All Is True). It enjoyed a second reincarnation when a meticulously research reconstruction was built in the 1990s despite initial opposition from a local council leader who reportedly said 'Shakespeare is tosh' (rubbish, nonesense). [Source: Financial Times]

About 750,000 people now visit the new Globe each year [Source: allinlondon.co.uk].  Tosh indeed, Mr Council Leader!


The Swan playhouse 1595
Commemorative postage stamp
August 1985

The Globe playhouse 1599
Commemorative postage stamp
August 1985

The Hope playhouse 1613
Commemorative postage stamp
August 1985

The Globe playhouse 1614
Commemorative postage stamp
August 1985

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