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.