Ruff Play with Shakespeare: combat, gender and entertainment

Wrestling Resurgence, @RobBrazierPhoto To book, please click here. Before Shakespeare and Engendering the Stage are delighted to announce our next performance workshop, focusing on combat as entertainment—in both Shakespeare’s time and today. Combat, acrobatics and feats of strength were everywhere in the early modern period: wrestling happened on the streets, in the countryside and in plays … Continue reading Ruff Play with Shakespeare: combat, gender and entertainment

Ruff Play with Shakespeare: a new video series

Wrestling Resurgence, @RobBrazierPhoto This weekend would have seen our first workshop on wrestling, gender and entertainment: see below for more details. We will run our workshop in whenever and whatever the future might turn out to be, but in the meantime, our related project A Bit Lit has begun a new film series on wrestling, … Continue reading Ruff Play with Shakespeare: a new video series

A bit lit: a new forum for scholarship and creativity

This is just a short note to let you know that members of the Before Shakespeare team have set up a YouTube channel seeking to provide a space for fun, relaxed and silly conversations about scholarship and creativity. In these very difficult times, we'd love it if you joined us, as listeners, contributors or if … Continue reading A bit lit: a new forum for scholarship and creativity

Pass Ye Remote: A Quest for Early Modern Entertainment Through Online Learning Resources

Welcome to Elizabethan England via the digital world! We're lucky to have a range of exciting and innovative online resources at our disposal that make it possible to explore the entertainment and cultural activities of early modern England through our computer screens. This post (in collaboration with Middling Culture) takes the form of "remote quest(ions)" … Continue reading Pass Ye Remote: A Quest for Early Modern Entertainment Through Online Learning Resources

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