by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published 1647)
It’s peace time, and the soldiers of Venice are at a loose end. As relationships start to develop with the gentlewomen of the town, fate intervenes to ensure the course of true love certainly doesn’t run smoothly.
This script-in-hand reading is performed at St Leonard’s Church.
This summer, Read Not Dead celebrates the greatest outlaw hero in English history.
Robin Hood appears in six plays in the early modern period: Edward I by George Peele, two plays by Anthony Munday which include Maid Marian and a lecherous King John, Robert Greene’s George A Greene, first performed at the Rose Playhouse in 1593 and Look About You, in which Henry II appears. Ben Jonson’s unfinished, experimental and last play, The Sad Shepherd, or, A Tale of Robin Hood, set in Sherwood Forest, features Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlet.
Instinctive, adrenalin-filled and inventive, 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 Read Not Dead series is dedicated to reviving plays from the early modern period.
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