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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...
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...Volpone has long been a popular choice as a set text for students. Written by Ben Jonson, it was first produced in 1606 and billed as a comedy, although it also includes elements of tragedy and even animal fable (Volpone is Italian...

Volpone or the Fox

Written by

Ben Jonson

and

Robert Watson

Edited by

Robert Watson

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson , Robert Watson ~playauthor~Edited by~ Robert Watson

Methuen Drama, 2003

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 39, Roles: Total (20), Female (3), Male (16), Unassigned (1)

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...Volpone is the sharpest, funniest play about money and morals in the seventeenth century – a play still wickedly relevant four centuries later. Jonson’s comedy depicts selfishness thinly veiled by sanctimonious speeches, lust...

Epicoene or The Silent Woman

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

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

Playtext

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...

Bartholmew Fair

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson , G.R. Hibbard , Alexander Leggatt ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.R. Hibbard , Alexander Leggatt

Methuen Drama, 2007

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 32, Roles: Total (31), Female (8), Male (23), Unassigned (0)

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...Jonson’s exuberant comedy uses the carnival energy of Bartholmew Fair, an actual fair held in a disreputable suburb of London, to dramatize, satirize and celebrate the appetites and comic frailties of the human body....

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

Playtext

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...