Academic journal article Early Theatre

Editorial

Academic journal article Early Theatre

Editorial

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The editor first met Peter Parolin several years ago when he was working with Pamela Allen Brown on what became Women Players in England, 1500-1660: Beyond the All-Male Stage (2005), their wildly popular collection of essays in the Ashgate series Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama. The volume went into paperback production, an unusual step for this publisher, and is still selling well as a textbook. That same innovative spirit characterizes this special issue on women's performance in early modern England and south-western Europe. The collection of essays presented here covers amateur performance in Suffolk, Kemp's occasional roadside dancing partners on the way to Norwich, Elizabeth I's dance-diplomacy, female masquers in England, Spain, and France, and professional actresses in Italy, Spain, and France. A particularly valuable contribution to this issue is Melinda Gough's edition of a letter describing Marie de Medici's 1605 ballet de la reine: the edition offers an English translation with commentary notes, along with a transcription of the French original, and we expect it to create considerable excitement among early modernists, who rarely have such detail on performance of any kind, especially a performance relying on female participants. The editors are grateful for the particular care and expertise of our current guest editor, who did an exemplary job of pulling this special issue together. …

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