On previous trips to London I'd walked past the outside but not ventured any further. This time we had a tour round the theatre and also round the part of the Rose Theatre that has been excavated so far.
Our guide took us to sit in different parts of the auditorium giving us a real sense of how close to the stage they were in Elizabethan times - especially those who stood. More like being in a modern theatre in the round which I've experienced at Stoke on Trent and Scarborough.
It's a much more visceral experience and you feel in your gut how these mostly uneducated playgoers were able to become part of the action. We were told why there is so much narration in Shakespeare; simple fact that many of the audience wouldn't actually see what was happening - only hear it. We know how irritated we can become with a taller person in front of us blocking the view. That was the typical experience of your penny playgoer.
We didn't see a play and given it's open to the elements and how cold a day it was, we were pleased. But we're planning a return visit to see a play, seated and under cover!