Project Workshops

Please find here a list of upcoming workshops organised in collaboration with The Dolphin’s Back.  More details and a link to book tickets can be found through The Dolphin’s Back website.

More workshops for December and the new year to be announced soon.


19 November: “Audiences, Immigration, and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: A Collaboration Between TIDE and Before Shakespeare”
Workshop in collaboration with the TIDE project, with The Dolphin’s Back.
Finsbury Square, 3.00pm. Details and tickets available through Eventbrite.

26 November: Workshop with The Dolphin’s Back (details TBC)

3pm Sunday 22 January 2017
Upstairs at The Urban Bar, Whitechapel

  Dissimulation  What, Fraud? Well met. Whither travellest thou this way?
  Fraud                To London, to get entertainment there, if I may,
Of the three ladies: Lucre, Love, and Conscience.
I care not whom I serve – the devil – so I may get pence.

The earliest surviving play that we can be certain was written for professional commercial performance is The Three Ladies of London, written c.1581 by actor-playwight Robert Wilson for Leicester’s Men. A philo-semitic usury play, it follows honest Simplicity, a miller, as he journeys to London, encountering some very unsavoury characters along the way.

London’s first purpose-built professional playhouse was constructed in 1567 for John Brayne, brother-in-law to the actor James Burbage, on the site of The Red Lion farm, a mile outside the City walls in  Whitechapel.

Actors led by James Wallace will perform scenes from the play, and are joined by academics Andy Kesson, Lucy Munro and Callan Davies from the Before Shakespeareproject to explore the play, playwright, and playhouse, upstairs at The Urban Bar, on the original site of the Red Lion farm itself.