The Early Modern Commons

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Performing words #1: what is an actor?

11 December 2017

This post explores some of the issues also raised in the various essays in our first project publication, the Forum in Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017). We are grateful to Diana Henderson...

The Sound of Lyly: Galatea Interview

6 December 2017

We recently had a chance to interview Vicky Abbott, the musical lead on Emma Frankland’s Galatea project, and we asked her what it was like writing music for a sixteenth-century...

Performing words: introduction to a new thread on theatre and language

6 December 2017

This series of posts explores some of the issues raised in our first project publication, the Forum in Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017) devoted to 1580s drama. We are grateful to...

Audiences, Immigration and Belonging in Elizabethan Theatres: Putting the archive into performance

1 December 2017

Who visited the Elizabethan playhouses? What did it mean to have non-English characters being played on stage? What does dramatic engagement with issues of immigration, identity, and...