Research in Action: Staging Mass in Early Modern Drama

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The intimate surrounds of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse set the scene perfectly for this eye-opening exploration of how early modern playwrights navigated Reformation England’s contentious relationship with Catholicism.

During the sixteenth century, with King Henry VIII declared head of the newly formed Church of England, Catholic ritual was purged from the country’s churches. But what about its playhouses?

While commercial dramatists indulged in public displays of crude anti-Popery, a covert culture stayed alive in the private homes of persecuted Catholics.

Led by Dr Gašper Jakovac (University College London), the evening promises to uncover the secrets of a Catholic drama that has lain unperformed for centuries.

Part of our ongoing Research in Action series which gives audiences a chance to be part of the Globe’s world-leading exploration of early modern and contemporary performance culture and collaborate with academics, educators and artists.

Expect discoveries – and expect to be asked for your input!


£12 Seated

This event is on-site in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Running time 2 hours and 15 minutes

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 This event received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101028507.

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