Early Theatre

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, June

Affective Inheritances
Ronda Arab, Michelle M. Dowd, and Adam Zucker (eds). Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater. Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies. New York and London: Routledge, 2015. [P.sub.p] x, 260. Richard Meek and Erin Sullivan (eds)....
A Possible Extension of Henslowe's and Alleyn's Sussex Network?
Anne Sherley (ca 1542-1623) (also rendered as Shirley or Shurley) of Wiston in Sussex was the wife of Thomas Sherley, the corrupt treasurer at war during the Dutch campaign in the 1580s; the mother of Thomas, Anthony, and Robert, whose exploits in...
Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience
Rebecca Yearling. Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016. Pp 223. Yearling's book is a much-welcome contribution to Marstonian scholarship, and a valuable addition to a comparatively...
Doing Kyd: Essays on the Spanish Tragedy
Nicoleta Cinpoes (ed.). Doing Kyd: Essays on The Spanish Tragedy. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. Pp 240. Thomas Kyd's oft-taught revenge play The Spanish Tragedy engages with issues resonant in our time: authoritarianism, economic...
Editorial
Early Theatre has seen a number of changes since it emerged out of REED Newsletter twenty years ago. Just as this journal has shifted from print volumes, obtainable only by subscribers and library visitors, into an online publication that makes much...
Leicester's Men and the Lost Telomo of 1583
The State of the Art On 10 February 1583, the Accounts of the Office of the Revels record a court performance of A historie of Telomo shewed before her maiestie at Richmond on Shrovesondaie at night Enacted by the Earle of Leicesters servauntes, for...
Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations
Simone Chess. Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations. New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp xi, 196. Simone Chess's Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature revisits...
Material / Blackness: Race and Its Material Reconstructions on the Seventeenth-Century English Stage
In an oft-cited letter about the January 1605 performance of The Masque of Blackness, courtier Dudley Carleton records his horror at the potential for the materials that recreated blackness to slide from the bodies after application. (1) Ninety-three...
Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England
Allison P. Hobgood. Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp x, 236. In Passionate Playgoing Allison Hobgood invites us to imagine the porous, susceptible, 'corporeally gener[ous]' (61), humoural...
'Public' and 'Private' Playhouses in Renaissance England: The Politics of Publication
Eoin Price. 'Public' and 'Private' Playhouses in Renaissance England: The Politics of Publication. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Pp x, 95. Eoin Price has written an engaging short book that all future discussions of indoor performance in early...
Reading the Royal Entry (1604) In/as Print
Oxford's monumental Thomas Middleton: The Complete Works, dense not only with plays but also with lord mayor's shows and essays on the spectacles they scripted, offers vivid evidence of new interest in early modern pageantry. Scholarly reassessments...
Shakespeare's Storms
Gwilym Jones. Shakespeare's Storms. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. Pp xi, 198. Ecocritics might well have preconceived notions about a book titled Shakespeare's Storms, the winner of the 2016 Shakespeare's Globe Book Award. Its author,...
'Sick Interpreters': Criticizing Historical Adaptations of Cardinal Wolsey in Shakespeare's Henry VIII
On 2 July 1613 Sir Henry Wotton reported in a famous letter to Sir Edmund Bacon that the Globe theatre had burned down that week during a performance of All Is True, 'representing some principal pieces of the reign of Henry 8', performed by the King's...
The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity
Nicole R. Rice and Margaret Aziza Pappano. The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity. Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame University Press, 2015. Pp 360. This is an important book. For the first time, we have a well-researched and helpful study of the...
The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender
Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich. The Elizabethan Country House Entertainment: Print, Performance, and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Pp 256. When Queen Elizabeth brought the court on progress to country estates, she would find herself...
The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage
Farah Karim-Cooper. The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch and the Spectacle of Dismemberment. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp 309. In some ways, Farah Karim-Cooper's second monograph, The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage, builds on the...
The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre
W. R. Streitberger. The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp xv, 319 E.K. Chambers's famous, four-volume study of The Elizabethan Stage is one of the books that has shaped our received...
The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
David Crystal. The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp 704. This unique book, the result of more than a decade of research, offers a careful, nuanced account of the sounds and rhythms...
The Vow Breaker and William Sampson's Role in 'The Anne Willoughby Affair'
Amid the constellation of early modern English dramatists and poets, William Sampson (ca 1600-after 1655) is a minor name. He is the known author of only three plays: The True Tragedy of Herod and Antipater (acted by the Red Bull Revels, published...
This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
Jerry Brotton. This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World. London: Allen Lane, 2016. Pp xv, 358. This book is remarkable both for its timeliness and topicality (it offers a detailed history of the negotiations between Elizabeth...
Trumpeters from China in Bristol in 1577?
On 17 November 1577, the mayor and aldermen of Bristol approved payment of ten shillings to five trumpeters 'which came in the Shipps that came from Cataya'. (1) The town paid the trumpeters 'for sownding their Trumpettes' while the mayor, aldermen,...
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