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11 July 2012
This summer, Globe Education is marking the 200th performance in its popular Read Not Dead series by celebrating the works of some of the greatest dramatists of the early modern era. Read Not Dead is a fast-paced theatrical experience, with the director and actors meeting, rehearsing and performing a play in a single day.
The Globe performances begin on Sunday 15 July with a reading of Sir John Oldcastle written by Anthony Munday, Michael Drayton, Richard Hathwaye and Robert Wilson. When Shakespeare's Henry IV plays were first written, one of Shakespeare’s best loved characters, Falstaff, was called Sir John Oldcastle.
This was much to the annoyance of Shakespeare's patron the Lord Chamberlain, a descendant of the real-life Oldcastle. This play, once attributed to Shakespeare, aims to rescue the reputation of a proto-protestant hero who fought with Henry V in France.
On Sunday 5 August, Perkin Warbeck by John Ford follows the fortunes of a man who claimed to be one of the Princes supposedly murdered in the Tower by Richard III, and challenged Henry VII’s right to the throne of England.
The Taming of A Shrew, on Sunday 2 September, is an anonymous play originally performed by Pembroke’s Men.
Debate continues as to whether this ‘Shrew’ is an early version, an adaptation, or a half-remembered pirate version. Whatever the truth, The Taming of A Shrew is different enough from Shakespeare’s to be regarded a play in its own right.
The summer season culminates on Sunday 23 September, with a celebration of the 200th Read Not Dead to be staged by Globe Education, with a reading of A New Way to Pay Old Debts by Philip Massinger. The play's central character, Sir Giles Overreach became one of the most popular villains seen on the English stage, rivalling even Shakespeare’s Richard III as arch-villain.
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