Dr Faustus: Christopher Marlowe
My lecture on this infernal play discusses Elizabethan religion, the revisions to the play, and whether we should think about James Bond in its final minutes.
26 Oct 2015
The Duchess of Malfi: John Webster
In dramatizing a woman's sexual choices in a notably sympathetic manner, this tragedy articulates perennial questions about female autonomy and class distinction.
24 Nov 2009
The Revenger's Tragedy: Thomas Middleton
A blackly camp tragedy - Hamlet without the narcissism - set in a court corrupted by lust and self-interest, this play is both fascinated and repelled by its own depravity.
6 Nov 2009
The Shoemaker's Holiday: Thomas Dekker
Like a Busby Berkeley depression-era musical, Dekker's comedy is a feel-good antidote to a context of shortages, political malaise and general pessimism, but real life in the shape of war, class antagonism and civic tensions, always threatens to intrude.
6 Nov 2009
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The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
Based on a contemporary scandal of a woman who dressed in male clothing, this play of topsy-turvy genders has fun with some very modern ideas about sexuality, identity and whether we are what we wear.
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