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Read Not Dead - Massinger Series

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Learn more about each of these plays with our inspiring and engaging seminar introductions prior to our Read Not Dead performances.

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Tickets: £5


Tickets for Read Not Dead readings must be purchased separately.

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Our Read Not Dead series this year celebrates Philip Massinger who is buried in Southwark Cathedral alongside John Fletcher and is one of the most underrated and exciting playwrights of the period. 

The Bashful Lover

Sunday 3 December, 4.00pm
Sackler Studios, Shakespeare's Globe
Tickets: £10 (£8 FoSG/Students)  

By Philip Massinger (published 1655)

Set in northern Italy, Massinger’s last known play presents a drama of love and war. Enamoured with Matilda, the Princess of Mantua, the love-sick Hortensio frequents the court in the hope of seeing her. But Matilda’s hand in marriage is demanded by Lorenzo, the Duke of Florence, who threatens war should he be denied. When Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, refuses, battle ensues and Lorenzo’s Florentine forces are victorious. When Lorenzo finally meets Matilda, however, something unexpected occurs.

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Confirmed cast for The Bashful Lover: Andy Secombe, Beth Eyre, Charlie Ryall, Clark Alexander, James Wallace, Jeremy Booth, Joe Eyre, Karen Whyte, Lydia Bakelmun, Oliver Lavery, Peter Wicks, Robbie Capaldi, Sam Jenkins-Shaw and Timothy Blore.