Magazine article Management Today

A Rose by Any Other Name

Magazine article Management Today

A Rose by Any Other Name

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

The collision between commerce and culture can rarely have been so marked as in the dispute over the future of the Rose Theatre. The irony, probably most keenly felt by the developers, Imry Merchant, is that without their work, the site of the Elizabethan theatre may have remained undiscovered. And Imry Merchant, like most developers nowadays, helped fund the archaeological work.

The Rose, however, falls into a strange netherworld in the protection of buildings and monuments of historical interest. An ancient monument can be `scheduled' by the Department of the Environment on the recommendation of English Heritage. Any project affecting a scheduled monument requires the consent of English Heritage -- a safeguard that has been reasonably successful for both developers and archaeologists. But the Rose, unknown before Imry Merchant began work, is not scheduled. The storm that developed, with protests led by distinguished actors, is understandable. The Rose provides an irreplaceable guide to the architecture of Shakespeare's time. More emotively, Shakespeare himself may have strutted and fretted there. …

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