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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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Read Not Dead - Massinger Series

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Run time: Approximately 3 hours

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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. 

Back by Popular Demand - Winner's Performance

Sunday 1 October, 4.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tickets: £15 (£12 FoSG/Students)  

Join us in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the staged reading of the winning entry from the Back By Popular Demand Voting Event. The four plays chosen for this year’s Back By Popular Demand will be either solo or collaborative plays by Philip Massinger.  

We can now reveal that the winning team is...

Team Custom: Philip Bird and Dr Lucy Munro, The Custom of the Country

Arnoldo has fallen in love with and married Zenocia, but no sooner has their romance begun than it must overcome an obstacle: the ancient right of Count Clodio to sleep with the bride on her wedding night. Seeking to escape this country custom, the newlyweds flee along with Arnoldo’s brother, Rutillio. Hotly pursued, the three find themselves faced with new challenges. Zenocia is captured by a Portuguese sea captain and forced to serve his intended wife, who has herself fallen in love with Arnoldo. Rutillio, meanwhile, finds himself entangled in a web of violence, lust and disguise. Will love and loyalty overcome abusive tradition? 

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Read Not Dead - On the Road
The Unnatural Combat

Sunday 29 October, 3.00pm
Gray's Inn, London, WC1 5FT
Tickets: £25 (£20 FoSG/Students)  

By Philip Massinger (published 1639)

The Admiral of Marseilles, Malefort Senior, is on trial for mysterious reasons when his son, Malefort Junior, challenges him to a duel to settle the case. Malefort Senior kills his son, mutilates his body and is cleared of the charges against him. Meanwhile, Beaufort Junior, the son of the governor, is in love with Malefort Senior’s daughter, Theocrine. But he is not the only one: realising his own desires for his daughter, Malefort Senior asks his old friend Montreville to keep her away from him, to which Montreville readily agrees, desiring Theocrine for himself…

Globe Education is indebted to the Treasurer and Under Treasurer of Gray’s Inn for hosting Read Not Dead once again. Members of Gray’s Inn will join Globe actors to present the drama in the Hall.

Shakespeare’s patron, the Earl of Southampton, was a member of Gray’s Inn and the first recorded performance of The Comedy of Errors took place in Gray’s Inn Hall.

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The Great Duke of Florence

Sunday 12 November, 4.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tickets: £15 (£12 FoSG/Students)  

By Philip Massinger (published 1636)

Widowed and childless, Duke Cozimo has vowed to leave his dukedom to his nephew Giovanni. Giovanni has spent his childhood in the country where he has fallen in love with Lidia – the epitome of female goodness. His attempts to bring Lidia to court arouse Cozimo’s suspicions and he sends his favourite, Count Sanazarro, to give report of her. The plot’s twists and turns begin when Sanazarro instantly falls in love with Lidia, and Cozimo is not far behind…

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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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