Shakespeare's Globe

The Queen’s Arcadia

(first performed 1605, published 1606)
by Samuel Daniel

  • 2018/Event/ReadNotDeadV2

Saturday 15 September, 2.00pm

Christ Church, Oxford

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Tickets£25 Reading only (£20 Members / Students)
£55 Reading and dinner experience (Drinks not included but can be purchased on site)
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Samuel Daniel

Nick Hutchison


Arcadia is in turmoil. Love has turned to jealousy and the upsurge in fighting is proving very lucrative for city lawyers. Where will it all end? Written by Daniel to regain favour with Queen Anne, following the scandal surrounding his play Philotas, The Queen’s Arcadia was first performed in Christ Church, and returns to that venue now for the first time.


The Read Not Dead ground rules are simple. Actors rehearse the play on a Sunday morning and present it, script in hand, to an audience later that afternoon.

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.

The combined reading and dinner experience offer includes: a ticket to the Read Not Dead reading of ‘The Queens Arcadia’ by Samuel Daniel at 2.00pm followed by a three-course dinner at 7.30pm, which will both take place in the beautiful setting of Christ Church Hall.


Rarely played

Learn about The Queen’s Arcadia with our inspiring and engaging one-hour lecture introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance.

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Sandis, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

All Rarely Played seminars: £5.

Our Read Not Dead on the Road: Rarely Played introductions are at 12 noon.

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