Lawsuits and Leases at Newington Butts Playhouse

Following Laurie Johnson's introduction to the area, we are thankful to Sally-Beth MacLean for some archival insight into Jerome Savage and the playhouse in our second feature on the Newington Butts Playhouse (with MS images courtesy of The National Archives and Canterbury Cathedral Archives)... *** The early playhouse at Newington Butts continues to elude new … Continue reading Lawsuits and Leases at Newington Butts Playhouse

High and Dry at Newington Butts: The Genesis of the Permanent Playhouse

We are pleased to host the a double-bill of guest posts on the Newington Butts Playhouse. Next week, Sally-Beth MacLean examines issues pertaining to renting the grounds of this early playhouse.  Here, Laurie Johnson, the recent author of the only book devoted to the long-overlooked playhouse, introduces us to the area . . . *** … Continue reading High and Dry at Newington Butts: The Genesis of the Permanent Playhouse

Genre and the Elizabethan Troupe

We are very happy to present below a guest post from Elizabeth E. Tavares (Pacific University Oregon) on genre and the Elizabethan troupe. *** What I find most pressing about Andy Kesson’s post, “Generic excitement,” are his methodological queries: how does genre organize our scholarship? To what extent do we implicitly rely on this typology as an “interpretive precondition”? … Continue reading Genre and the Elizabethan Troupe

Announcing the Launch of REED Online

Research for Before Shakespeare (as any project interested in theatre and performance history) sits on the advances made through major projects over the past decades, particularly by the Records of Early English Drama (REED) project based at the University of Toronto.  REED has provided theatre historians with an invaluable resource in its collections of performance documents and records from … Continue reading Announcing the Launch of REED Online

Shakespeare: A knack for following theatrical fashion

Venice. Two faithful friends are pitted against a vengeful moneylender who is out for blood. In a climactic trial scene they proclaim their willingness to die for each other; the moneylender’s revenge rebounds against him when a woman outwits him, and in a further twist of the knife his daughter ends up married to a … Continue reading Shakespeare: A knack for following theatrical fashion

Galatea Workshop Response: Hester Bradley

We are very pleased to host Hester Bradley's response to the Galatea workshops hosted at the Jerwood Space in August this year. Hester is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes, whose work explores what representations of the moon by John Lyly and William Shakespeare can reveal about contemporary ideas of female identity and personhood. *** I attended … Continue reading Galatea Workshop Response: Hester Bradley

Earthquakes at the Curtain playhouse

Yesterday’s exciting press release about MOLA’s excavations at the former location of London’s Curtain Theatre reminded me of Thomas Churchyard’s striking vignette about the playhouse in his pamphlet A warning for the wise, a feare to the fond, a bridle to the lewde, and a glasse to the good Written of the late earthquake chanced in … Continue reading Earthquakes at the Curtain playhouse