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READ NOT DEAD

Our script-in-hand reading series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a spotlight on Nathan Field, actor and writer and Elizabethan rebel. Field’s first ever play opened our first season of Read Not Dead in 1995, and his final play, The Fatal Dowry, will end his year’s series. (Venue and dates for this reading are tbc – bookmark this page for updates)

The Read Not Dead ground rules are simple. Actors rehearse the play once and present it, script in hand, to an audience later that day.

The performances are instinctive, adrenaline driven and inventive.

Actors and audiences alike share in the excitement of reviving these forgotten plays that definitely deserve to be Read Not Dead.

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Public booking opens Wednesday 19 February, 10.00am.

A Woman is a Weathercock

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this tale of desire, disguise and deception by Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: A Woman is a Weathercock

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about A Woman is a Weathercock in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

The Knight of Malta

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this script-in-hand tale of love, war and treachery by Fletcher, Massinger and Nathan Field

Rarely Played: The Knight of Malta

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about The Knight of Malta in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

Rollo, Duke of Normandy

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this script-in-hand tale of murder, poison and treason by Fletcher and Massinger

The Honest Man's Fortune

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this script-in-hand tale of love, loss and the power of luck by Fletcher, Massinger, Daborne and Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: The Honest Man's Fortune

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about The Honest Man's Fortune in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

The Mad Lover

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this script-in-hand tale of love, romance and sacrifice by John Fletcher.

The Queen of Corinth

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this hard hitting tale of war and peace by Fletcher, Massinger and Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: The Queen of Corinth

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about The Queen of Corinth in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.

Four Plays in One

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Celebrate Read Not Dead's 25th Anniversary with this scrpit-in-hand quartet of short playlets by Jonson, Fletcher and Nathan Field.

Rarely Played: Four Plays in One

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Discover more about Four Plays in One in this illuminating pre-show introductory talk.