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Eastward Ho!

Edited by

Michael Neill

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson , George Chapman , John Marston , Michael Neill ~playauthor~Edited by~ Michael Neill

Methuen Drama, 1995

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (23), Female (8), Male (15), Unassigned (0)

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...A collaboration between Jonson, Chapman and Marston, Eastward Ho! is a masterpiece of city comedy. Unique among the ‘coterie’ city comedies written for boy players, Eastward Ho! gives all classes a full satiric treatment simultaneously...

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

Edited by

Alan Brissenden

~playauthor~Written by~ Thomas Middleton , Alan Brissenden ~playauthor~Edited by~ Alan Brissenden

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (23), Female (10), Male (13), Unassigned (0)

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...A Chaste Maid in Cheapside is Middleton’s masterpiece of Jacobean city comedy, rich in irony and wordplay. Middleton welds together the themes of corruption, money and sex into a complex whole, in which comedy is mingled with disgust...

Introduction

Genevieve Love

Genevieve Love is Associate Professor of English at Colorado College, USA. Her work has appeared in journals including Renaissance Drama, Upstart, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Literature Compass, and in essay collections including Richard II: New Critical Essays, edited by Jeremy Lopez (2012) and Christopher Marlowe, Repertorial Commerce, and the Book Trade, edited by Roslyn Knutson and Kirk Melnikoff (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability

The Arden Shakespeare, 2019

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...Enter the Cripple.Enter Rafe being lame.Enter Stump.Enter three lame Souldiers.Enter Wallace, like a halting Souldier on wooden stumps.Enter a Cripple begging . . . Shewing his Crutch.Pull him by the legge, and pull it away.Enter Orlando...

The Tamer Tamed

Written by

John Fletcher

and

Lucy Munro

Edited by

Lucy Munro

~playauthor~Written by~ John Fletcher , Lucy Munro ~playauthor~Edited by~ Lucy Munro

Methuen Drama, 2010

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 21, Roles: Total (19), Female (5), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...The Woman’s Prize, or The Tamer Tamed acts as a sort of ‘sequel’ to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (c. 1590-4). Written nearly twenty years after Shakespeare’s violent Padua comedy, Fletcher’s city comedy relocates the ‘tamer...

The Flying Machine

Written by

Phil Porter

~playauthor~Written by~ Phil Porter

Oberon Books, 2008

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Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Life isn’t much fun for the two children trapped on Ward One of St Ruth’s Hospital for Damaged Eyes. But then a new boy arrives at the hospital and he is soon leading a revolt against Nurse Cakebread’s hard regime. Armed with a set...

Shylock

Written by

Arnold Wesker

~playauthor~Written by~ Arnold Wesker

Oberon Books, 2012

Oberon Modern Playwrights

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (15), Female (5), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Presented here are four epic history plays from Sir Arnold Wesker, which touch on the age-old conflicts caused by religion, science and the Establishment. Set in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, 1563, Shylock (1972) is based...

The Devil is an Ass

Written by

Ben Jonson

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson

Nick Hern Books, 1995

Drama Classics

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 38, Roles: Total (21), Female (5), Male (16), Unassigned (0)

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...Ben Jonson's play The Devil is an Ass is a Jacobean comedy first performed in 1616 by the King's Men and first published in 1631. The play opens in Hell, with a junior demon called Pug persuading his master Satan to let...

Epicoene or The Silent Woman

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson , Roger Victor Holdsworth ~playauthor~Edited by~ Roger Victor Holdsworth

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 30, Roles: Total (15), Female (7), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Jonson’s buzzing satire on gender and language enjoyed enormous prestige for more than a century after its first performance. The central figure is Morose, who hates noise yet lives in the centre of London, and who, because of his decision...

The work of standing and of standing-for

Genevieve Love

Genevieve Love is Associate Professor of English at Colorado College, USA. Her work has appeared in journals including Renaissance Drama, Upstart, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Literature Compass, and in essay collections including Richard II: New Critical Essays, edited by Jeremy Lopez (2012) and Christopher Marlowe, Repertorial Commerce, and the Book Trade, edited by Roslyn Knutson and Kirk Melnikoff (2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability

The Arden Shakespeare, 2019

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...‘The Cripple at work’ What is the ‘work’ of Cripple in the anonymous city comedy The Fair Maid of the Exchange (1607)? Cripple, who uses crutches due to an unexplained affliction to his legs, is occupied as a pattern-drawer in a shop...

The Realistic Joneses

Written by

Will Eno

~playauthor~Written by~ Will Eno

Oberon Books, 2014

Oberon Modern Plays

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Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbours, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin...