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Reading List - Plays, Playing Places & Performances

Reading in the autumn term will include:

Beadle, Richard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. Print.

Brayshay, Mark. ‘Waits, Musicians, Bearwards and Players: the Inter-Urban Road Travel and Performances of Itinerant Entertainers in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England.’ Journal of Historical Geography, 31:3 (2005). 430-58.

Butterworth, Philip. Staging Conventions in Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014. Print.

Butterworth, Philip and Katie Normington, eds. European Theatre Performance Practice, 1400–1580. Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2014.

Davidson, Clifford. Festivals and Plays in Late Medieval Britain. London: Ashgate, 2007. Print.

Happe, Peter. English Drama before Shakespeare. London: Longman, 1999. Print.

Harris, John Wesley. Medieval Theatre in Context. London: Routledge, 1992. Print.

Keenan, Siobhan. Travelling Players in Shakespeare’s England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. Print.

King, Pamela and Clifford Davidson, eds. The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays. Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2000.

Kolve, V.A.. The play called Corpus Christi. Stanford (Cal.): Stanford UP, 1966. Print.

Simon, Eckehard.The Theatre of Medieval Europe: New Research in Early Drama.Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008. Print.

Tydeman, William, et al, eds. The Medieval European stage, 500-1550.Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001. Print.

Tydeman, William. The theatre in the Middle Ages: Western European stage conditions, c.800-1576. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1978. Print.

Tydeman, William. English medieval theatre, 1400-1500. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986. Print.

Walker, Greg, ed. Medieval Drama: an Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. Print.

Wickham, Glynne. Shakespeare’s Dramatic Heritage, New York: Barnes & Noble, 1969.

Wickham, Glynne. Early English Stages, 1300–1660. Vol.3. Plays and their Makers to 1576. London and Henley: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981. Print.

Website for the Records of Early English Drama Project:

For a modern version of the Quem Quaeritis trope see:


Reading in the spring term will include:

Bowsher, Julian and Pat Miller. The Rose and the Globe: Playhouses of Shakespeare’s Bankside, Southwark. London: Museum of London Archaeology, 2009. Print.

Bowsher, Julian. Shakespeare’s London Theatreland: Archaeology, History and Drama. London: Museum of London Archaeology, 2012. Print.

Dillon, Janette. Theatre, Court and City, 1595-1610: Drama and Social Space in London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000. Print.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. Print.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearian Playing Companies. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. Print.

Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print.

Gurr, Andrew. Shakespeare’s Opposites: the Admiral’s Company, 1594-1625. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. Print.

Keenan, Siobhan. Travelling Players in Shakespeare’s England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. Print.

McMillin, Scott and Sally-Beth McLean. The Queen’s Men and their Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998. Print.

Mulryne, J. R. ‘Professional Players in the Guildhall. Stratford-upon-Avon, 1568-1597.’ Shakespeare Survey 60 (2007): 1-22. Print.

Mulryne, J.R., ed. The Guild and Guild Buildings of Shakespeare's Stratford: Society, Religion, School and Stage. Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2012. Print.

Mulryne J.R. and Margaret Shewring, eds. Shakespeare’s Globe Rebuilt Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997. Print.

Purcell, Stephen. Popular Shakespeare: Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2009. Print.

Rutter, Carol Chillington, ed. Documents of the Rose Playhouse. 2nd ed. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1999. Print.

Wickham, Glynne, Herbert Berry and William Ingram, eds. English Professional Theatre, 1530-1660: a Documentary History. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000. Print.


Shakespeare’s London Theatres:

Early Modern London Theatres:

Phillip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn documents (including the Rose playhouse):