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Christmas, Newyeares tyde: A summary of works done and attendance given, 2018

The Elizabethan Office of the Revels begins an important section of its yearly accounts books headed “Christmas, Newyeares tyde, & Twelfetyde” with descriptions of “Woorkes doone & Attendaunce geven Abowte the new making, Translating,...
From: Before Shakespeare on 14 Dec 2018

Before Shakespeare at The National Archives (The Theatre)

BOOK FOR OUR TALK AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, 1 AUGUST, HERE Tucked away somewhere in the temperature-controlled archival store rooms of The National Archives is an equity suit in the Court of Exchequer that records a series of trespass complaints. ...
From: Before Shakespeare on 26 Jul 2018

The Woman in the Moon, Edward’s Boys: Review by Leah Scragg

We are thankful to Leah Scragg for her review, here, of Edward’s Boys’ The Woman in the Moon (8-11 March 2018). You can read the director, Perry Mills, on the production elsewhere on our site, and we also have interviews with the...
From: Before Shakespeare on 3 May 2018

Losing the Plot: Audiences, Scraps of Performance, and Selective Participation

Further to Andy’s post on story, this post asks questions about the nature and necessity of coherent “story”—and of audiences following “plot”—in early modern commercial dramatic performance. It only aims to float...
From: Before Shakespeare on 6 Apr 2018

“Fly me to the moon!”

Edward’s Boys’ Director, Perry Mills, introduces their latest production, in collaboration with Before Shakespeare, John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon.  To read about Edward’s Boys in rehearsal at our conference in August...
From: Before Shakespeare on 8 Feb 2018

The First Blackfriars Playhouse 1576-84: Ownership, Repertoire, Audience

On the 18th February, Before Shakespeare and The Dolphin’s Back will return Elizabethan drama to the site of the First (and Second) Blackfriars Playhouse(s).  We are hosting a workshop in the Apothecaries’ Hall, built on what was formerly...
From: Before Shakespeare on 24 Jan 2018

Banishment as a Romance Convention in Early English Drama (c. 1581-1591)

We’re very pleased to host this guest post from Alexander Thom exploring the trope of banishment in early commercial drama. *** Regarding Shakespeare, James Joyce once wrote, “the note of banishment, banishment from the heart, banishment from...
From: Before Shakespeare on 19 Jan 2018

The Woman in the Moon: Interviews with the Cast

During rehearsals for James Wallace’s The Dolphin’s Back production of John Lyly’s The Woman in the Moon (Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) back in August 2017, we had time to catch up with a few of the cast...
From: Before Shakespeare on 14 Dec 2017

The Sound of Lyly: Galatea Interview

We recently had a chance to interview Vicky Abbott, the musical lead on Emma Frankland’s Galatea project, and we asked her what it was like writing music for a sixteenth-century play in a modern production.  We feature here some of Vicky’s...
From: Before Shakespeare on 6 Dec 2017

Audiences, Immigration and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: Putting the archive into performance

Who visited the Elizabethan playhouses? What did it mean to have non-English characters being played on stage? What does dramatic engagement with issues of immigration, identity, and belonging tell us about sixteenth-century theatre? Earlier this month...
From: Before Shakespeare on 1 Dec 2017

Galatea in Cornwall: Finding Gods in Truro

For this week’s R&D workshops, Emma Frankland and Mydd Pharo are joined by Kellan Frankland, Krishna Istha, Mzzz Kimberley, and Nadia Nadarajah in and around Truro (based at the Hall of Cornwall, thanks to their support) for a week looking at...
From: Before Shakespeare on 7 Nov 2017

Audiences, Immigration, and Belonging: Strangers in Finsbury

On the 19th November 2017, the TIDE project and Before Shakespeare are hosting a workshop exploring the diverse audiences of Elizabethan playhouses and their surrounding neighbourhoods, based at the University of Liverpool’s London campus, 33 Finsbury...
From: Before Shakespeare on 3 Nov 2017

Getting Mortal in St Austell: Galatea in Cornwall

We are joining Emma Frankland and her crew of actors for the next few days.  Emma is spending this week and next week with two groups of actors to explore in more detail some of the themes and scenes of John Lyly’s Galatea, building on research...
From: Before Shakespeare on 3 Nov 2017

CONFERENCE RESPONSE: After Before Shakespeare by Eoin Price

After Before Shakespeare The Before Shakespeare conference is over. But while the Before Shakespeare project continues, those of us who gathered together in sunny Roehampton at the end of August for four days of presentations and performances are left...
From: Before Shakespeare on 31 Aug 2017

Two City Stories: Mawdlen Gawen and Mrs Moodey

they procured her to be rescued by the way as she went thither And the time appointed, she changed herself into man’s Apparel, which she had in her said Master’s house, being about two of the clock after Midnight, and came away, and so came...
From: Before Shakespeare on 26 May 2017

Generic excitement

Give ear, I pray you, and mark it attentively, for you shall hear the tenor of a strange and tragical comedy. Anthony Munday, Zelauto (1580) Genre: what is it, what does it mean, and how does it organise our experiences in the theatre, in a book or in...
From: Before Shakespeare on 27 Apr 2017

Post from the Past 2: A Week in the Life of William Fleetwood

Fleetwood to Burghley, 1584. William Fleetwood was a significant figure in Elizabethan London.  He studied in early life at Eton and Oxford before attending the Middle Temple and being called to the bar there in 1551.  He was a freeman...
From: Before Shakespeare on 20 Feb 2017

Post from the Past 1: Spying the Playhouses

Catlyn to Walsingham, 1587 This post is the first in a series that will share our work in the archive, including photographed images, transcriptions, and a brief discussion of some of the archival material we have been surveying.  While...
From: Before Shakespeare on 7 Feb 2017

The Three Ladies of London and Red Lion workshop, 22 January 2017

Our handout from the event can be downloaded here: three-ladies-and-rl-workshop-handout and photos can be found at Media > Workshops. Our first workshop with The Dolphin’s Back took place yesterday (22 January 2017), exploring...
From: Before Shakespeare on 23 Jan 2017

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