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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

Playtext

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...

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 Devil is an Ass

Written by

Ben Jonson

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson

Nick Hern Books, 1995

Drama Classics

Playtext

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...