Shakespeare's Globe

The Wits

(first performed 1634, published 1636)
by William Davenant

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Sunday 30 September, 4.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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William Davenant

Martin Hodgson 

Please note: due to popular demand, a number of £5 standing tickets will be made available one month before each reading. 


Eager to live like fashionable gallants, Elder Pallatine and Sir Morgalay Thwack plan to woo London women and fleece them of their wealth. Initially denied a licence due to explicit language, royal intervention allowed Davenant’s play to become a huge success.


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.

Rarely played

Learn about The Wits with our inspiring and engaging two-hour seminar introduction prior to the Read Not Dead performance.

Speaker: Mr Stephen Watkins, University of Southampton.

All Rarely Played seminars: £5.

Rarely Played introductions are from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

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