British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue: Volume 1: 1533-1566

ISBN : 9780199265718

Martin Wiggins; Catherine Richardson; Mark Merry
560 Pages
190 x 256 mm
Pub date
Dec 2011
British Drama 1533-1642:A Catalogue
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This is the first volume of a detailed play-by-play catalogue of drama written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors during the 110 years between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, covering every known play, extant and lost, including some of which have never before been identified. It is based on a new, complete, and systematic survey of the whole of this body of work, presented in chronological order. Each entry contains comprehensive information about a single play: its various titles, authorship, and date; a summary of the plot, a list of roles, and details of the human and geographical world in which the fictional action takes place; a list of sources, narrative and verbal, and a summary of the formal characteristics; details of the staging requirements; and an account of the early stage and textual history.


List of Entries
British Drama, 1533-1566
Supplementary List: Pre-Catalogue Plays Printed or Transcribed During the Years 1533-1642
Index of Persons
Index of Places
Index of Plays

About the author: 

Martin Wiggins is Senior Scholar of The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. From 1987-1990 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Keble College. He has also taught at the University of Reading, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London, and The Roehampton Institute. His research interests cover the full corpus of dramatic works written in the British Isles between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, including both commercial and literary plays, masques and entertainments, and drama in Latin, Greek, Cornish, and Welsh. In 2006, he won the Calvin and Rose G. Hoffman Prize for distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe. He also writes regularly for the Globe's magazine, Around the Globe, on issues in dramatic history. ; Catherine Richardson is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on focus on the relationship between texts and the material circumstances of their production and consumption, and in particular on early modern domestic life. Previous publications include Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2006). She is also the editor of Clothing Culture 1350-1650 (Ashgate, 2004). ; Mark Merry is Senior Research Officer on the ESRC funded research project 'Life in the Suburbs: health, domesticity and status in early modern London' based at the Centre for Metropolitan History. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and Birkbeck. His research interests are interdisciplinary, and are principally concerned with urban social groups in London, Bury St Edmunds and Warwick in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. He also has an interest in the digitisation of historical sources, and acts as a consultant on a number of projects generating digital resources.

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