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London: "Killer of the Sun" Alexander in the Rose Theatre

Drama by Peter Stuerm on stage in November 2006


By Caroline Staunton


Alexander The Great. Design by Arno Breker. Sketch for a large sculpture. One bronze of this artwork belongs to the collection of Prof. Dr. Peter Ludwig, Founder of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.

© www.museum-arno-breker.org



London (bpb) SplitMoon Theatre presents "Killer of the Sun", a new drama by Peter Stuerm, Part 1 of a trilogy about the early life of Alexander the Great for the Rose Theatre Trust, in the Rose Theatre London, 56 Park Street, Bankside, London, S'E1 9DT. This is a unique opportunity to see Alexander the Great in action, in the historical site of the Rose.

The Rose Theatre was at the core of new writing of its day. The plays that premiered there included Marlowe's Dr Faustus, The Jew of Malta, Tamburlaine the Great, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Henry VI, and Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy.

A try-out of Part 1, "Alexander Projekt 1", received six performances in December 2005, and on the strength of its success SplitMoon is now showing an 80-minute version "Killer of the Sun" to help raise funds for the Rose. A team of eight actors and a bouzouki player take up the gauntlet. Written largely in verse with live music, a highly dramatic evening in a theatrically charged setting is offered.


The young Alexander the Great. Portrait by Arno Breker (1900-1991), inspired by the Alexander biographer Roger Peyrefitte (Paris). One bust belongs to the Order of Alexander the Great for Art and Science, Paris-NewYork. Work in Art Marble. Limited Edition for sale. Details on request Museum@europaeische-kultur-stiftung.org

© Photograph Breker-Archive/Marco-VG, Bonn


Built in 1587 by Philip Henslowe, the Rose was the first theatre on London's Bankside. Its remains were rediscovered and partially excavated in 1989 by Museum of London archaeologists. Their immense cultural and archaeological importance was immediately obvious. The site became the focus of frenzied media attention, as actors and scholars united to launch a campaign to "Save the Rose", but the archaeology itself had to be swiftly covered up again, because it began to dry and crack in the hot summer air. The discovery of the Rose revolutionized the knowledge of how Elizabethan playhouses were built and used. The site was granted a scheduled monument status in 1992.

The Rose Theatre website is www.rosetheatre.org.uk , phone +44 (0)20 7593 0026, E-Mail info@rosetheatre.org.uk

The performance at the Rose are November 1-3, 2006 at 7:30 pm, and the Saturday matinee on November 4 is info@rosetheatre.org.uk at 3 pm. Tickets are £10.

Box office: 020 7261 9565, E-Mail splitmoon@btinternet.com



© PROMETHEUS 112/2006

PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin - News, Politics, Art and Science. Nr. 112, October 2006