The Summer of Love (and Fortune): Our Upcoming Events…

We’re pleased to say we have a very busy summer before us.  Ahead of our first Read Not Dead this Sunday, we outline here some of our major upcoming activities (you can keep up to date on these by visiting our “Events” page; if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact on

We’re presenting a season of staged readings with Shakespeare’s Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as part of their long-running Read Not Dead series.  The dates are as follows:

The Rare Triumphs of Love and Fortune14 May.

Fedele and Fortunio18 June.

Mucedorus16 July.

Sappho and Phao*27 August
*in conjunction with our conference, see below, but tickets available separately).

For more information and tickets, visit The Globe website.  For an introduction to the Before Shakespeare Read Not Dead events, see our first blog at The Globe and further and forthcoming posts on their website under the Before Shakespeare tag.

Running alongside some of these Read Not Dead events and throughout the summer, we’ll be working further with James Wallace and The Dolphin’s Back on our series of workshops.  The next two are scheduled for the 11 June and 9 July, the first as a “rhetoric school” focussing on forms of language and verse from the period’s plays.  These workshops will primarily engage a group of actors closely involved with a number of Before Shakespeare texts, as well as welcoming a handful of invited guests.  While (unlike our first event in Mile End) these particular workshops are not open-house, we’ll be documenting the workshops through a variety of media and a series of posts from those in the room, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog and get in contact with any questions or interest.

Our conference, which explores the wider contexts of drama and literature as well as the playhouses, is held at the University of Roehampton 24-27 August.  The conference features workshops and performances from James Wallace and The Dolphin’s BackThe Globe’s Read Not DeadEmma FranklandEdward’s Boys, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  More information and booking is available through this site.

We’re looking forward to hearing the entire corpus of Before Shakespeare plays read aloud during the Shakespeare Institute’s playreading marathon, which this summer is in conjunction with Before Shakespeare.  The readings fall between 12-30 June.  More information on the playreading and a schedule can be found here.

On a related note, James Wallace (the director of our Read Not Dead season and our workshop series) is directing a short run of John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon, “an astrological sex comedy,” at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, 18-19 August.  Tickets and information are available on The Globe website.

We’re also eager to hear Emma Whipday’s staged reading of Tom Tyler and his Wife, at UCL on 24th May, a text that Emma will be talking about in her keynote paper at our conference.

We hope to see new and familiar faces alike across these events, as we welcome a late spring and summer buzzing with 1580s vibes (as Elizabethans definitely wouldn’t have put it) and what will hopefully be a few triumphs of theatrical experimentation, performance, and conversation…

Callan and Before Shakespeare.

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