Tuesday, 22 May 2007
'As sleepy as if I had eaten a Puppie'? Having read this at a point when I was feeling pretty sleepy myself, my initial reaction was to wonder, does eating puppies makes you sleepy? Or did people think that eating puppies might make you sleepy? Are puppies particularly sleepy? Sleepier than, say, kittens? (Having owned neither cat nor dog, I have no data on which to base any theories of relative animal-sleepiness, though I seem to recall that baby guinea pigs were pretty damn snoozy…)
A Google search just gave me sleepy puppies on YouTube, while searching Literature Online revealed nothing except the frankly dubious advice from The Charitable Pestmaster, or, The Cure of the Plague (1641) by Thomas Sherwood, 'Practitioner in PHYSICK', that you can cure someone of the plague by laying a puppy on their stomach:
Sadly (and you're probably ahead of me here), having consulted a review in a 1887 number of Notes and Queries (by putting tiny, tiny bits of text into Google Scholar), it seems that the Tenant's puppies should be poppies. Just a seventeenth-century malapropism, then. Ho hum.
By Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Giles Foreman
Presented by The Caravanserai
Tuesday - Saturday, 29 May - 2 Jun 2007
Performances at 7.30pm
Saturday 2 Jun 2007
The Caravanserai takes on Marlowe’s classic tale. Dr Faustus wishes to ‘practice more than heavenly power permits’, to transcend the limitations of human perception and to acquire ultimate knowledge.
[Yes, the world - well, Europe - is going sell-your-soul-crazy...]
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Shakespeare's Globe Education Centre Theatre, June-July
In 1995 Globe Education began to explore the plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries in a series of staged readings called Read Not Dead. Since then audiences have enjoyed over 130 plays that had been gathering dust on library shelves. Leading actors and directors have also enjoyed reviving them, turning the readings into ‘performances with scripts’ with entrances and exits, token props and costumes and the occasional song.
The Gentleman of Venice
Sunday 3 June, 3pm
On the one hand, take two young men, one the heroic son of a gardener and the other the dissolute son of a Duke; on the other, take a couple who are unable to conceive a child, and an Englishman abroad. Locating much of its action in the garden of the Duke of Venice, James Shirley's sophisticated tragicomedy plays with the possessive reputation of Italian husbands, the debate about the influence of nature over nurture, and the power of a mother's love.
Blurt Master Constable
Sunday 24 June, 3pm
Hippolito and Camillo return to Venice from war with a French prisoner, Fontinelle; Hippolito's sister Violetta is admired by Camillo but promptly falls for Fontinelle; the courtesan Imperia is sent Fontinelle's picture and likes what she sees. This lively and highly musical comedy features a clutch of witty pages, an over-the-top stage-Spaniard, an antiquated suitor, and 'the duke's own image' - Blurt Master Constable.
The Knave in Grain
Sunday 1 July, 3pm
The seedy side of Venice in the English imagination comes to the fore in this engaging example of Caroline popular theatre, which seems to mingle Shakespeare's Othello and the madhouse plot of Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling. Franciscus, a merchant of Venice, is provoked by the eponymous knave, Julio, into murderous jealousy about his wife, Cornelia, and seems to commit murder as a result; Doctor Vanderman is driven to madness as his wife is pursued by the gallant Vallentius. 'Acted at the Fortune many days together with great applause'.
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Royal Theatre (Koninklijke Schouwburg), The Hague
Theatre Groups from Amsterdam, Basel, Bonn, Brussels, The Hague, Lausanne, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Stuttgart and Stockholm will come to The Hague for this International Theatre Festival to perform works in English from, among others, Shaw, Pinter, Marlowe and Tennessee Williams.
Monday 28th May
Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit (performed by Tagora,
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (performed by
Renaissance Farces by Rabelais and Boccaccio, adapted by Joseph Strick (performed by ATC,
Saturday, 12 May 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Directed by Martin Houghton
Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women is Romeo and Juilet for grown-ups. It begins pretty much where Shakespeare's vision of breathless adolescent romance ends: with a newly married couple, eloped from
This production contains material which is not suitable for persons aged 14 years or younger.
Admission: £8, £6, £3.50
Venue: Venue 2, The Sherman Theatre - Cardiff
To book tickets, please contact The Sherman Theatre Box Office: Tel. 029 2064 6900
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Bromley Little Theatre
N.B. Bromley Little Theatre is a private Club Theatre with a licensed members’ bar and audiences are required to be members of the theatre or accompanied guests; bookings can be made only by members.
[I've always thought Desperate Housewives was more Jonsonian, meself...]