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 will be announced soon. In the meantime, we hope to see you on the site The Red Lion in January!
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 THEATRE
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.