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Summer’s Last Will and Testament

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Friday 29 September 2017, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Thomas Nashe

Perry Mills 

Please note: this production has now closed.

‘What pleasure always lasts? No joy endures.
Summer I was. I am not what I was...’



As Summer reaches the end of his days, he demands his officers give an account of their progress during his reign so he can assess what he can bequeath to his successor. Deeply depressed by their abject failure to secure his legacy, he goes to his grave an embittered monarch. All this is played out against the background of widespread plague.

This rarely performed comedy (?) or tragedy (?) or “shewe” (?) is part pageant, part allegory, part musical. Nashe’s only solo-authored drama, it is performed by a boys’ company for the first time since its original performance.



Edward’s Boys have received academic and critical acclaim for their work which is regarded as, ‘the most sustained attempt to re-imagine what we think boy companies could achieve.’ This is the third performance by Edward’s Boys at Shakespeare’s Globe, following the success of Galatea and The Lady’s Trial in previous years.

This year, Edward’s Boys return to Bankside with a full production of Thomas Nashe’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament, Nashe’s only solo-authored play, performed at the Archbishop’s Palace in Croydon. This event is part of a research project by scholars from the University of Sussex and the University of Newcastle.

A company Q&A will follow the performance.

We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council for supporting this event.