The Sad Shepherd, Or, A Tale Of Robin Hood

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The Sad Shepherd, Or, A Tale Of Robin Hood

by Ben Jonson (first published 1641)

In Ben Jonson’s final, unfinished work, Robin Hood arranges a feast for the shepherds and shepherdesses of the Vale of Belvoir. Among the guests in Sherwood Forest is Eglamour whose beloved, Earine, is reported to have drowned in the river Trent.

But when suspicions are raised about the appearance of a witch, it seems there might be more to the disappearance of Earine than first appears.

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 and then present it, script-in-hand, to an audience. The Read Not Dead series is dedicated to reviving plays from the early modern period.




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