Academic journal article Early Modern Literary Studies

A Performance History of the Witch of Edmonton

Academic journal article Early Modern Literary Studies

A Performance History of the Witch of Edmonton

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List of Known Performances of The Witch of Edmonton (1621-2014) 1

1621 Summer (?). Performed by Prince Charles's Men at the Phoenix (Cockpit) Theatre. The cast probably included William Rowley (Cuddy Banks).

1621 29 December. Performed by Prince Charles's Men at Court. The cast probably included William Rowley (Cuddy Banks).

1634 Summer (?). Performed by Queen Henrietta's Men at the Phoenix (Cockpit) Theatre. The cast included Theophilus Bird (Prologue) and Ezekiel Fenn (Winnifride and Epilogue).

1921 24 and 26 April (Amateur). Produced by the Phoenix Society at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, directed by the Rev. Montague Summers. The cast included: Ion Swinley (Frank Thorney); Sybil Thorndike (Elizabeth Sawyer); Russell Thorndike (Dog); Frank Cochrane (Cuddy Banks); Joseph A. Dodd (Old Carter); Marjorie Gordon (Winnifride); Mary Barton (Susan); Clare Harris (Katherine); Herbert Bunston (Old Thorney); Howard Rose (Sir Arthur Clarington), George Skillan (Warbeck), Tristan Hawson (Somerton), and Edith Evans (Anne Ratcliffe).

1936 From 8 December for four weeks. Produced at the Old Vic, London, directed by Michel Saint-Denis. The cast included: Marius Goring (Frank Thorney); Edith Evans (Elizabeth Sawyer); Hedley Briggs (Dog); Ian Mackenzie (Cuddy Banks); Ernest Hare (Old Carter); Beatrix Lehmann (Winnifride); Anna Konstam (Susan); Alec Guinness (Old Thorney); George Hayes (Sir Arthur Clarington); Michael Redgrave (Warbeck), Leonard Sachs (Somerton), Betty Potter (Anne Ratcliffe), and John Abbott (Justice).

1962 From 21 November. Produced at the Mermaid Theatre, London, directed by Bernard Miles. The cast included: William Lucas (Frank Thorney); Ruby Head (Elizabeth Sawyer); Melvyn Hayes (Dog); Timothy Bateson (Cuddy Banks); Morris Sweden (Old Carter); Ann Lynn (Winnifride); Olive McFarland (Susan); Mary Denison (Katherine); Edward Jewesbury (Sir Arthur Clarington); William Holmes (Warbeck); John Pickles (Somerton); John McKelvey (Old Thorney); Erik Chitty (Old Banks); David Battley (Old Ratcliffe); Patricia Connolly (Anne Ratcliffe; John Gay (Justice); and Paul Harris (Constable).

1976 7-10 December (Amateur). Produced by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at The Vandyck Theatre, Bristol, directed by Nat Brenner.

1981 From 16 September. Produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford, directed by Barry Kyle. Later transferred to the Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle (from 24 March, 1982) and the Pit, the Barbican, London (from 28 September, 1982). The cast included: Gerard Murphy (Frank Thorney); Miriam Karlin (Elizabeth Sawyer); Miles Anderson (Dog); Tony O'Donnell (Cuddy Banks); George Raistrick (Old Carter); Harriet Walter (Winnifride); Juliet Stevenson (Susan); Clare Travers-Deacon (Katherine); Peter Ellis (Sir Arthur Clarington); Simon Templeman (Warbeck); James Fleet (Somerton); Robert Eddison (Old Thorney); John Burgess (Old Banks); and Julia Hills (Anne Ratcliffe).

1984 5-9 June (Amateur). Produced by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at the new Vic, Bristol, directed by Peter Symonds.

1987 29 September-22 November. Produced by The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Lansburgh Theatre, Washington DC, directed by Barry Kyle. The cast included: Derek D. Smith (Frank Thorney); Mary Lou Rosato (Elizabeth Sawyer); Wendell Pierce (Dog); Joel Miller (Cuddy Banks); Ralston Hill (Old Carter); Kim Staunton (Winnifride); Leslie Geraci (Susan); Melissa Gallagher (Katherine); Edward Gero (Sir Arthur Clarington); Edward Conery (Old Thorney); Philip Goodwin (Warbeck); Anthony Powell (Somerton); George Riddle (Old Banks); and Laura Brutsman (Anne Ratcliffe).

1992 2-19 September. Produced at the Hen and Chickens, London, directed by Helen Fry. The cast included: Christopher Helmsdale (Frank Thorney); Joan Marlow (Elizabeth Sawyer); and Charlotte Knight (Dog).

1993 Produced by Equity Showcase Theatre at the Harbourfront, Toronto, directed by Peter Hinton. …

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