- Pitch your play.
- Vote for your favourite. The winner will get to direct a reading of their play.
- Recovering performance from documents and printed playbooks.
- From playhouse to print shop: how plays were registered, licensed, printed, bound, and sold.
- Master of the Revels and Playbooks
- Bishop of London
- Stationers’ Register
- Palimpsestic Performances.
Activity / Discussion
What are the performances codes in your play? What are the bibliographical codes? the linguistic codes? the performance codes?
- Signature collation and quasi-facsimile of a title page — in class on Friday.
- Dealing with variants. Horizontal and vertical collations in the early texts. Activity on Friday.
Documents of Performance
Greg, W. W. Dramatic Documents from the Elizabethan Playhouses: Stage Plots, Actors’ Parts, Prompt Books. 1931. 2 vols. Rpt. London: Clarendon P, 1969.
Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project. http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/index.html.
Rutter, Carol Chillington. Documents of the Rose Playhouse. 1984. Rev. ed. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1999. The Revels Plays Companion Library.
Stern, Tiffany. Documents of Performance in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009.
Censorship and Regulation
Bawcutt, M. W. The Control and Censorship of Caroline Drama: The Records of Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels, 1623-73. Oxford: Oxford UP: 1996. Available as an eBook in our library. See p. 191, entry 311 for an example.
Egan, Gabriel. “censorship.” The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Oxford: Oxford OUP, 2001. Digital ed. 2003. http://www.oxfordreference.com.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/view/10.1093/acref/9780198708735.001.0001/acref-9780198708735-e-542.
Printing of Playbooks
Blayney, Peter W. M. “The Publication of Playbooks.” A New History of Early English Drama. Ed. John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan. New York: Columbia UP, 1997. 383-422.
Lesser, Zachary. Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication: Readings in the English Book Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
Murphy, Andrew, ed. A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text. 2007. Rpt. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Straznicky, Marta, ed. The Book of the Play: Playwrights, Stationers, and Readers in Early Modern England. Amherst and Boston: U of Massachusetts Press, 2006.
Straznicky, Marta, ed. Shakespeare’s Stationers: Studies in Cultural Bibliography. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2013.
Werstine, Paul. Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013.