Shakespeare's Globe

Comus - A Masque in Honour of Chastity [2016]

Written by: John Milton
Directed by: Lucy Bailey

Deep in the woods, a Lady is lost, exhausted and separated from her brothers. After encountering a mysterious stranger – Comus, the God of Revelry – who promises refuge, she finds herself trapped in a magical palace, unable to move from a cursed chair. Tempted by pleasure, torn between wantonness and virtue, the Lady enters a warped world of wonder and horror, where gender, sexuality and morality prove fluid and unpredictable.

Milton’s Comus twists the conventions of the masque, leading the audience on an unpredictable and volatile journey.

Lucy Bailey has previously directed memorable productions of Titus AndronicusMacbethand Timon of Athens at the Globe, as well as Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic and The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC.

Patrick Barlow is the creator of the celebrated two-man National Theatre of Brent and renowned for his award-winning 39 Steps which has played in over forty countries and most recently his 4 person Ben-Hur and the Olivier nominated Christmas Carol with Jim Broadbent at the Noël Coward.


  • Additional Material Patrick Barlow
  • Designer William Dudley
  • Composer Paul James
  • Movement Director Liam Steel
  • Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd

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