Rear entrance to the tiring house, with access across the northern boundary ditch

It seems likely that there was a second entrance, or ‘stage door,’ probably to the northwest side of the building in line with the crossing over the north demarcation ditch, Bowsher suggests.216 A rear entrance was necessary to give access to the tiring house for management and actors, wealthier patrons wishing to avoid Maiden Lane, and perhaps vendors wishing to access the playhouse to selling victuals to the playgoers. How many rear entrances there were is not known.

Rear of the playhouse, Phase I © De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. To view the image using Google Cardboard, click here.

[216] Bowsher and Miller, The Rose and the Globe, 112