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From the earliest drama in English, to the closing of the theatres in 1642, there was a hell of a lot of drama produced - and a lot of it wasn't by Shakespeare. Apart from a few noble exceptions these plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast presents full audio productions of the plays, fragmentary and extant, that shaped the theatrical world that shaped our dramatic history.

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168: Exploring: N-Town, Play 10 (Marriage of Mary and Joseph)

November 25, 2020 10:31 - 52 minutes - 47.7 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play ten, the Marriage of Mary and Joseph - and, boy, is this a weird one. The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Mark Scanlon, Richard Fawc...

167: Exploring: John John by John Heywood

November 15, 2020 12:59 - 1 hour - 56.2 MB

Exploring: A Merry Play between John Johan the husband, Tyb his wife, and Sir Johan the Priest. This is a cross over episode with our YouTube channel, where most exploring sessions now live, because we want to make sure all the John Heywood material lives on the podcast. You can watch all the John Heywood videos on YouTube here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLflmEwgdfKoKffZtkgZ7mUYF_d1mD72fr Other John Heywood material on the podcast can be heard here - https://audioboom.com/playlis...

166: Exploring: N-Town, Play 9 (Mary in the Temple)

November 08, 2020 13:00 - 42 minutes - 38.7 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play nine, the presentation of Mary at the Temple - there's a fair amount of run up to the Nativity in N-Town, and we really get some Mary: The Early Yea...

165: Discussing: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

October 18, 2020 09:06 - 27 minutes - 25 MB

Discussing: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe - with Dr. Kit Heyam This episode host Robert Crighton discusses a new book - The Reputation of Edward II, 1305-1697: A Literary Transformation of History by Kit Heyam. We delve into the changing story of Edward, what Marlowe does with the figure, and why the answer is never a red hot poker. The book is available to order from Amsterdam University Press now - https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463729338/the-reputation-of-edward-ii-1305-1697 Watching E...

164: Exploring: N-Town, Play 8 (Conception of Mary)

September 20, 2020 13:25 - 43 minutes - 39.5 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play eight, Joachim and Anna, or the Conception of Mary - there's a fair amount of run up to the Nativity in N-Town, and we go full on prequel here. The ...

163: The Harrowing of Hell (Full Cast Audio Adaptation)

September 13, 2020 15:15 - 51 minutes - 47.2 MB

The Harrowing of Hell - A full cast audio adaption of one of the earliest surviving Biblical dramas in English, with bonus material of our first exploring read through of the text. In the Harrowing of Hell - the Narrator was played by Geir Madland, Jesus by Robert Crighton, Satan by Pamela Flanagan, the Gatekeeper by Mark Scanlon, Adam by Simon Nader, Eve by Gillian Horgan, Abraham by Geir Madland, King David by Mark Scanlon, John by Seb Ranson and Moses by Rob Myson. Technical presentation b...

162: The Rising to the Crown of Richard III by Himself (via Giles Fletcher)

September 06, 2020 18:23 - 21 minutes - 19.5 MB

The Rising to the Crown of Richard the Third written by himself via Giles Fletcher - read by David Ault. This is a narrative poem about, as the title says, the rise of Richard III - it's part of a mini season of work on the various narratives on Richard that existed in the early modern period. We have also on the podcast looked at: The True Tragedy of Richard III - https://audioboom.com/posts/7664659-the-true-tragedy-of-richard-iii-induction The Ghost of Richard III - discussion thereof - htt...

161: Exploring: N-Town, Play 7 (Jesse Root)

August 30, 2020 11:15 - 17 minutes - 15.7 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play seven, a prophets play - a bit of a breather before we get to the opening of the Nativity sequence. The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode w...

160: The True Tragedy of Richard III (Induction)

August 23, 2020 19:25 - 25 minutes - 23.4 MB

What's Past is Prologue: The True Tragedy of Richard III, by someone for the Queen's Men. The True Tragedy of Richard III is a a truly disturbing piece of Brechtian theatre, several centuries early, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue/opening to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The opening is performed by Geir Madland as the ghost of Clarence, Pamela Flanagan as Truth, and Seb Ransom as Poetry. Our little recording is followed by a read through from our YouTube explor...

159: Exploring: N-Town, Play 6 (Moses)

August 10, 2020 09:47 - 16 minutes - 15.4 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with the Moses play. We haven't done that much on Moses elsewhere in the canon, he's clearly a tricky one to dramatise. He does pop up in Chester - albeit in ...

158: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Act 5)

July 26, 2020 10:15 - 48 minutes - 44.8 MB

Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 5) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! The canvas has narrowed again for Act 5, as it's almost a solo turn by Herod. If it weren't for the arrival of Nuntio there would be no one else. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: Geir Madland as Herod and Richard Fawcett as Nuntio. Hosted by Robert Cright...

157: Discussing: The Ghost of Richard III by Christopher Brooke

July 15, 2020 11:43 - 55 minutes - 50.8 MB

Discussing: The Ghost of Richard III by Christopher Brooke with Dr Jitka Štollová. In 1614, Christopher Brooke produced his Ghost poem on the life of Richard III. To celebrate (wantonly plug) our live streamed stage adaptation, Robert Crighton discusses the poem and a whole world of other texts on Richard III. Dr Jitka Štollová is a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College. At time of release - the live stream will be occurring on Tuesday 21st July at 19.00 BST - links for the stream will be...

156: Exploring: N-Town, Play 5 (Abraham and Isaac)

June 21, 2020 09:03 - 1 hour - 71.8 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with the happy story of listening to the voices in your head, it's Abraham and Isaac. We looked at this play twice in this session. For an alternative look at...

155: Discussing: John Heywood - Comedy and Survival in Tudor England

June 14, 2020 11:05 - 56 minutes - 51.7 MB

A special follow up discussion episode on John Heywood, to celebrate the release of John Heywood - Comedy and Survival in Tudor England by Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. The book is a full biography of Heywood's life, from cradle to grave, and covers his complete surviving literary output. The book is published by Oxford University Press and can be found here - https://global.oup.com/academic/product/john-heywood-9780198851516?...

154: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Act 4)

June 06, 2020 09:05 - 1 hour - 97.5 MB

Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! It's all change again in Act 4, as Herod returns!  We say goodbye to Salome, Mariam, Doris... pretty much everyone except Herod.  With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: Introducing Geir Madland as Herod, with Pamela Flanagan as Salome, Gillian Horgan as Mariam, Pollie Hall as Doris, Heydn McCabe as Constabarus, Hugh W...

153: Exploring: Occupation and Idleness

May 31, 2020 12:45 - 1 hour - 77.2 MB

From the Winchester Dialogues this is a read through and discussion of Occupation and Idleness, edited from our zoom sessions on YouTube. Written sometime in the midst of the 15th century, this prefigures much of the interlude drama of the 16th century and deserves more attention. The explorers were Sascha Cooper, Liza Graham, Ruth Evans, Gregory Musson, and Iain Black. The host is Robert Crighton The only copy we can find online can be viewed here - https://medievalit.com/home/edrama/moralit...

152: Eastward Ho! by Various (Prologue)

May 24, 2020 10:57 - 6 minutes - 5.69 MB

What's Past is Prologue: Eastward Ho! by Ben Jonson, George Chapman and John Marston. Eastward Ho! is a fantastic play, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extraordinary - you can hear Sarah Golding all over the podcasting world as a voice actor, and as the creator of MADIVA Podcast (or MODERN AUDIO DRAMA INDIE VOICE ACTING PODCAST) @QuirkyVoices...

151: Exploring: N-Town, Play 4 (Noah)

May 16, 2020 08:27 - 29 minutes - 27.5 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with Noah and every child's favourite genocide story. For some light relief, there's the return of Cain! For an alternative look at the Noah story, we have al...

150: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Act 3)

May 10, 2020 08:15 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! The plot pivots in Act 3, with some news of Herod. He's ALIVE! Cue a host of reactions, happy and sad. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: with Pamela Flanagan as Salome, Gillian Horgan as Mariam, Rob Myson as Sohemus, Andy Barrett as Ananell, Alan Scott as Silleus Man. Hosted by Robert Crighton - who's also playin...

149: The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston (Prologue)

May 02, 2020 10:04 - 6 minutes - 6.26 MB

What's Past is Prologue: The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston The Dutch Courtesan is a fascinating play, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extraordinary - you can hear Sarah Golding all over the podcasting world as a voice actor, and as the creator of MADIVA Podcast (or MODERN AUDIO DRAMA INDIE VOICE ACTING PODCAST) @QuirkyVoices DO YOU WANT TO ...

148: Exploring: N-Town, Play 3 (Cain and Abel)

April 25, 2020 10:17 - 34 minutes - 31.4 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with Cain and Abel - and our first murder. Don't worry Cain fans, he'll be back! There are other plays featuring Cain and Abel - we've done both an exploring ...

147: Exploring: Lucidus and Dubius (Fragments)

April 18, 2020 07:57 - 1 hour - 66.9 MB

From the Winchester Dialogues this is a read through and discussion of Lucidus and Dubius, written sometime in the midst of the 15th century. There's some question as to whether this is actually a performed play, but we take it on principle that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it's a firking duck. Though there is no plot exactly, there is a relationship between the characters that develops and we had a lot more fun with this than expected. The read through is with Beyond Shak...

146: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Act 2)

April 11, 2020 11:29 - 1 hour - 76.3 MB

Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 2) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! After the enclosed first act, act 2 starts to open up the court.  There's still a lot going on, and this episode doesn't come close to covering it. We just ran out of time - again. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: with Nemonee Stone as Graphina, Heydn McC...

145: Exploring: The Disobedient Child

April 05, 2020 09:02 - 2 hours - 115 MB

Exploring: The Disobedient Child by Thomas Ingleand This exploring episode was recorded virtually online, as the lockdown bites around the world - other virtual episodes are available as videos on YouTube, except this one, because of a few problems with the feed which are easier fixed in audio than video. More of these will come into the podcast as we go. The Disobedient Child was printed in the 1560's, but there's a putative date of writing around 1550. It's... all a bit sad by the end, but ...

144: Exploring: The Norwich Grocers' Play

March 29, 2020 11:00 - 29 minutes - 26.9 MB

Exploring: The Norwich Grocers' Play - A and B text. We're taking a break from N-Town to look at another East Anglian play text - or texts - two differing versions of a pageant from Norwich. Sadly we can't currently find an online version of the text to follow along with - so have a hunt if you can. For contrast of other Adam and Eve plays, go to the last couple of N-Town exploring sessions or here's Chester - https://audioboom.com/posts/2449437-chester-plays-2-1-adam-and-eve (there's a part ...

143: Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 5)

March 23, 2020 08:05 - 46 minutes - 42.7 MB

Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 5) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, or Mary Herbert (Countess of Pembroke), in 1592. These are recordings of various readers and actors working through Act 5, as we tried to find a route into the play. It's the first step in a journey to understand and produce ...

142: Sophonisba by John Marston (Epilogue)

March 19, 2020 08:26 - 6 minutes - 6.15 MB

Sophonisba by John Marston (Epilogue) - Epic Epilogues Performances of the epilogue to Sophonisba by John Marston - the prologue is also available as part of a sort of Marston sandwich. The epilogue is performed (a few times) by Fiona Thraille (https://thraille.weebly.com/dashing-onions.html) - a British voice actor, narrator and audio producer who has worked in voiceover, podcasts, and who has narrated and produced over a dozen audiobooks through Audible. She is the founder and producer of D...

141: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Act 1)

March 16, 2020 09:16 - 1 hour - 89 MB

Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 1) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! It's our favourite Act, it's got so much going on, and this episode doesn't come close to covering it. We just ran out of time. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: Gillian Horgan as Mariam, Leigh McDonald as Alexandra, Pamela Flanagan as Salome, Simon Nader ...

140: Notes for a Plague Year

March 14, 2020 11:46 - 11 minutes - 10.7 MB

Due to the arrival of plague, we're having to adjust our plans for the next couple of years. Robert Crighton outlines our plans for keeping going during this difficult year to come. The Beyond Shakespeare Podcast is supported by its patrons. Go to https://patreon.com/beyondshakespeare or for one off support go to https://ko-fi.com/beyondshakespeare. You can follow us on Twitter @BeyondShakes or even go to our website: https://beyondshakespeare.org (https://beyondshakespeare.org/)

139: A Letter to the Lord Mayor (1593)

March 13, 2020 20:16 - 2 minutes - 2.7 MB

A Letter from the Privy Council to the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen of the City of London from 28th January 1593 - ordering the closing of public entertainment spaces. 

138: Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 4)

March 06, 2020 10:31 - 1 hour - 67.9 MB

Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 4) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, or Mary Herbert (Countess of Pembroke), in 1592. These are recordings of various readers and actors working through Act 4, as we tried to find a route into the play. It's the first step in a journey to understand and produce ...

137: Exploring: N-Town, Plays 1 and 2 (Again!)

February 27, 2020 10:13 - 1 hour - 73.8 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues - in that we actually start all over again! We return to plays 1 and 2 as well as the relevant banns over a couple of sessions, trying to dig a little deeper ...

136: Sophonisba by John Marston (Prologue)

February 19, 2020 10:33 - 10 minutes - 9.57 MB

What's Past is Prologue: Sophonisba by John Marston - a quick look at the prologue, which really is a prologue. Sophonisba opens with business. Businessy business, and people and stuff. It's an all plot prologue and it is necessary. Look at these people move. And if you're really good, there'll be the epilogue soon. In fact, if you're a patron, it's available now. A Sophonisba sandwich, if you will. The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extrao...

135: The Hunting of Cupid by George Peele (Fragments)

February 14, 2020 13:19 - 37 minutes - 34.4 MB

The Hunting of Cupid by George Peele (Fragments) This is not a reconstruction of this lost play, because most of the fragments are notebook scratchings by William Drummond and make almost no sense. So we've put together this tone poem that dances through the text in a fun way which we hope you'll enjoy. It's also followed by a more straightforward look at the fragments from our exploring sessions in 2019 - and you can follow along with this online version of the text https://archive.org/detai...

134: Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 3)

February 10, 2020 08:36 - 1 hour - 79.6 MB

Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 3) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, or Mary Herbert (Countess of Pembroke), in 1592. These are recordings of various readers and actors working through Act 3, as we tried to find a route into the play. It's the first step in a journey to understand and produce ...

133: Exploring: Somebody and Others (Fragment)

February 06, 2020 08:20 - 25 minutes - 23.8 MB

Exploring: Somebody and Others (Fragment) This play is called variously (because there isn't a proper title) Somebody and Others, or The Spoiling of Lady Verity, or Somebody, Avarice and Minister - dated to around 1547 to 1550 (the maximum range is from 1534 to 1562) and possibly printed around 1550 - it is apparently an adaptation of French play - which we've not seen. As with all these sessions it's probable that we've hared off on a false scent - especially regarding the nature of Minister...

132: Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam (Introduction/Argument)

February 03, 2020 11:54 - 32 minutes - 30.2 MB

Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Introduction and Argument) Welcome to this first spoiler episode to The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's sort of not very spoilery! It's all about backstory and what comes before the action of the play (though there are some spoilers to the play). Host Robert Crighton attempts to explain the backstory and then is joined by Pamela Flanagan (who will be playing Salome) to read through Elizabeth Cary's atte...

131: Exploring: N-Town, Play 2 (Fall of Adam and Eve)

January 30, 2020 10:27 - 50 minutes - 46.7 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. We continue with Play 2, following the story of the fall of Adam and Eve. It follows on directly from the previous play with the creation of the rest of the universe - and we'll be...

130: Exploring: The Cruel Debtor (Fragment)

January 27, 2020 09:28 - 31 minutes - 29.3 MB

Exploring: The Cruel Debtor (Fragment) - written by one of the Wagers, William or Lewis. This play survives in a couple of fragments and we may not have quite pieced it all together properly - or not put in the correct gaps - but there's a lot of fun material to play with in this big con of a play. One day we will come back, yes one day, but till then, here's a starting point for a fuller production. The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Liz Cole, Mark Scanlon, and Alan Scott – ...

129: A Looking Glass for London and England (Epilogue)

January 23, 2020 12:14 - 10 minutes - 9.81 MB

A Looking Glass for London and England (Epilogue) - Epic Epilogues Performances of the epilogue to A Looking Glass for London and England by Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge - a sort of late style morality tale (c1589ish) to show the people of England a cautionary tale that they might learn from. The epilogue is performed (a few times) by Fiona Thraille (https://thraille.weebly.com/dashing-onions.html) - a British voice actor, narrator and audio producer who has worked in voiceover, podcasts, a...

128: Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 2)

January 20, 2020 19:35 - 1 hour - 92.9 MB

Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 2) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, or Mary Herbert (Countess of Pembroke), in 1592. These are recordings of various readers and actors working through the the bulk of Act 2, as we tried to find a route into the play. It's the first step in a journey to underst...

127: Processus Satanae LIVE (Fragment)

January 16, 2020 08:49 - 53 minutes - 49.2 MB

Fragments: Processus Satanae - Or, Satan Vs God (Case Number 666) It's cue script time again - the text known as Processus Satanae is mostly the dialogue for the character God, with a few words as cues for the lines. It's a tricky one to date - somewhere around 1560 is the best guess, but it could come anywhere between 1500-80. The plot is simple. Satan sues God for ram raiding hell and stealing Adam, Eve and the rest of the Old Testament. This is a recording of a live presentation, recorded ...

126: Exploring: N-Town, Play 1 (Fall of Lucifer)

January 13, 2020 09:25 - 26 minutes - 24 MB

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. We start with Play 1, following the story of the fall of Lucifer. It's a super short play and it moves into play 2 very swiftly - and we'll be coming back to this play in a few wee...

125: Tamberlaine the Great, Part 2 (Prologue)

January 10, 2020 09:17 - 8 minutes - 7.64 MB

What's Past is Prologue: Tamberlaine the Great, Part 2 - a quick look at the prologue to the slightly murdery play by Christopher Marlowe. Tamberlaine the Great was so great it seems that Marlowe had to write a sequel, with a prologue telling us that the first part was so great it required the play the audience were about to witness. As it were.  The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extraordinary - you can hear Sarah Golding all over the podc...

124: Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 1 into 2)

January 07, 2020 09:07 - 1 hour - 76.2 MB

Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 1 into 2) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke in 1592. These are recordings of various readers and actors working through the first Act, and part of Act 2, as we tried to find a route into the play. It's the first step in a journey to understa...

123: Discussing: Jack Drum's Entertainment by John Marston

January 04, 2020 12:42 - 52 minutes - 48.5 MB

Discussing Jack Drum's Entertainment by John Marston - with Sam Plumb, director of a production of the play with the Young Actors Company in 2016. Host Robert Crighton has a lengthy chat about the play, their production, working with youth theatre, and the nature of an Entertainment. And there's a bonus recording of the pre-show introduction, with Rob Myson as the Tireman. You can watch a recording of the discussed production on YouTube here - https://youtu.be/EbrxKFULTGk and there's more on ...

122: New Year's Resolution for 2020

December 31, 2019 17:22 - 30 minutes - 27.9 MB

Happy New Year, if it is New Year yet, it probably is somewhere... anyway. Here's a little (fairly rambly) catch up from host Robert Crighton about the podcast at the end of the year, into the next, and projecting into the future. There's also a little bit on A Game at Chess, which is our five year plan. And an appeal to get involved - by joining us in Exploring A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton. Support the podcast by going to https://patreon.com/beyondshakespeare and pledge something – or...

121: The Stage Players Complaint (1641)

December 16, 2019 22:28 - 9 minutes - 8.84 MB

The Stage-Players Complaint by Anonymous (printed 1641) This is a performance of a dialogue between two players, Cane of the Fortune and Reed of the Friars, complaining that the plague has closed the playhouses. Of course, we know from afar that there's worse to come for the theatre in a very short time. The times are a changing, and not for the better. Amidst the general hope for employment is a call for clemency for the stage itself. It will not be heard, and within a year of the printing o...

120: The Life and Death of Jack Straw (Full Cast Audio Adaptation)

December 09, 2019 08:17 - 57 minutes - 52.9 MB

The Life and Death of Jack Straw by Anonymous - A Full Cast Audio Adaptation The Peasants Revolt has begun! Jack Straw and his fellow rebels head to London to demand an end to unfair taxes from the king. The fourteen year old king Richard II and his counsellors are completely unprepared for the revolt that quickly spirals out of control.  "We owe God a death, and we can but die!" Jack Straw is played by Pollie Hall, Wat Tyler by Leigh McDonald, Tom Miller by Hugh Weller-Poley, John Ball by Ro...

119: Gammer Gurton's Needle by Mr. S (Full Cast Audio Adaptation)

November 26, 2019 07:54 - 1 hour - 61.2 MB

A Full Cast Audio Adaptation of Gammer Gurton's Needle by Mr S.  A Comedy in which Gammer Gurton loses her needle, which opens up the household to mischief by one Diccon, the Bedlam.  Diccon was played by Heydn McCabe, Hodge by Geir Madland, Tib by Gillian Horgan, Gammer Gurton by Sarah Golding, Cock by Simon Nader, Dame Chat by Pamela Flanagan, Doctor Rat by Rob Myson and Master Baily by Andy Barrett. Technical presentation and opening narration by Robert Crighton.  !Spoilers! episodes that ...

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