Roguery in print: crime and culture in early modern London

In celebration of her new book, Lena Liapi writes a guest post on rogues in print. We are delighted that Roguery in Print is now in print! Robert Greene, a writer central to the commercial dramatic developments of the late 1580s and 1590s, was perhaps better known to early modern men and women through his … Continue reading Roguery in print: crime and culture in early modern London

The Boar’s Head: discover very heady, very not boring new discoveries at an early modern playhouse

Lecture - The Boar’s Head Playhouse delivered by Senior Archaeologist Heather Knight What: A 1 hour lecture (followed by wine and cake) by Senior Archaeologist Heather Knight, who led the recent excavation at the Boar’s Head, about the playhouse’s raucous history of comedy and performance, and what new information has been revealed about its structure and … Continue reading The Boar’s Head: discover very heady, very not boring new discoveries at an early modern playhouse

Engendering the Stage: post-doc and PhD opportunities

October ’19: Announcing “Engendering the stage: the records of early modern performance” — a new archival research project led by Clare McManus and Lucy Munro, with opportunities for a post-doctoral research fellow and scholarships for two PhD students (details below). This January 2020, with funding from the Leverhulme Trust, a research team led by Professor Clare McManus … Continue reading Engendering the Stage: post-doc and PhD opportunities

Edward’s Boys – The Play of Wit and Science 7th – 12th July 2019

At 7pm on Sunday 7th July in the Levi Fox Hall Edward’s Boys will give their first performance of Wit and Science by John Redford prior to touring Oxford, London and Genoa, Italy where they will perform at the invitation of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval. Redford, composer, organist and choirmaster of … Continue reading Edward’s Boys – The Play of Wit and Science 7th – 12th July 2019

Shakespeare as minor dramatist

One of the concerns of Before Shakespeare is the impact of the canon on contemporary performance, editorial practice and theatre history. Dramatists, like playhouses, are often divided, either explicitly or implicitly, into groups deemed major or minor. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing papers from the 2019 annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association … Continue reading Shakespeare as minor dramatist

Mediators of the wor(l)d: editors, Shakespeare, and inclusion

One of the concerns of Before Shakespeare is the impact of the canon on contemporary performance, editorial practice and theatre history. Dramatists, like playhouses, are often divided, either explicitly or implicitly, into groups deemed major or minor. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing papers from the 2019 annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association … Continue reading Mediators of the wor(l)d: editors, Shakespeare, and inclusion

Minor plays

One of the concerns of Before Shakespeare is the impact of the canon on contemporary performance, editorial practice and theatre history. Dramatists, like playhouses, are often divided, either explicitly or implicitly, into groups deemed major or minor. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing papers from the 2019 annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association … Continue reading Minor plays

What is a minor dramatist? or, three types of minority

One of the concerns of Before Shakespeare is the impact of the canon on contemporary performance, editorial practice and theatre history. Dramatists, like playhouses, are often divided, either explicitly or implicitly, into groups deemed major or minor. Over the next four weeks, we'll be publishing papers from the 2019 annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association … Continue reading What is a minor dramatist? or, three types of minority

It Was the Summer of ’79, at the Curtain Playhouse

It’s recently proved effective for critics and historians to conjure a thick cultural history by concentrating on one particular year (e.g. 1611; 1606…).  Even the arguably patchier nature of theatre history has lent itself to studies concentrated on a specific date: think, for instance, James Shapiro’s entertaining account of the Globe, 1599. Writing a Year-in-a-Playhouse … Continue reading It Was the Summer of ’79, at the Curtain Playhouse

Tudor Drama in Modern Performance

How might modern performance histories and theatrical experiments advance research on Tudor plays? On Friday 1stMarch at Newcastle University, an event on ‘Tudor Plays in Performance’ will address this question. Professor Jessica Winston will speak about Tudor drama and modern traditions of "partial" performance. The event will also involve a staged reading of little-known Tudor … Continue reading Tudor Drama in Modern Performance