Latest News

Triumph 1621

Lord Mayor’s Show 2021 Recon

On Friday 29th October 2021 we’re reconstructing (in a playful way) the Lord Mayor’s Show from 1621, four hundred years after the original one off show. The Sun in Aries was written by Thomas Middleton for the incoming Lord Mayor Edward Barkham of the Drapers Company. The surviving text of the Triumph will be performed three times in the afternoon in the churchyard of St Mary-le-Bow Church by Beyond Shakespeare; with the support of the SRS Public Engagement Scheme, Bath Spa University, and St Mary-le-Bow Church.

The Pageant Master is award-winning theatre maker Robert Crighton, with our City Chronologer Professor Tracey Hill of Bath Spa University.

It isn’t possible to attempt a complete reconstruction of the Triumph due to the nature of the surviving text (and the shape of modern London), but we hope to capture the shape and spirit of the event near to the location of one of the devices in the Churchyard of St Mary-le-Bow Church. A How to Triumph Guide can be downloaded here – to be updated closer to the event.

Costume guides and other resources can also be found on our Triumph 1621 – Resources and Guides page – https://beyondshakespeare.org/triumph-1621-resources-and-guides/

If you’d like to watch the event, or be a little bit more involved, then get in touch via our sign up form! We’ll be in touch and keep you in the loop with developments.

Social Media – do share the event with the hashtag #LMS1621 or #Triumph1621

Get Involved! Join In Online

We’re running exploring sessions online weekdays from 2pm and 7pm UK time – to get involved and read along with a play next week, then sign up today! Full details on the exploring page where you can sign up for the next week:

https://beyondshakespeare.org/get-involved-exploring-in-isolation/

Timelines

If you want to find the work we’ve done on every play written prior to 1594? Use the dropdown menu above and browse via our timelines menu. Additional search functions to follow…

Live Streaming – The Ghost of Richard III

In the absence of live shows, we’ve experimented with live streaming on YouTube. Now we’ve gone further with a live stream from the Quay Theatre of a full scale show – The Ghost of Richard III. The World Premiere was on Tuesday 21st July at 7.00pm, in support of our local community theatre in this difficult time. It is available on YouTube HERE – and it may also still be on facebook. Go to our live page for more info. LIVE!

The Ghost of Richard – from rehearsals…

***

***

The ‘Beyond Shakespeare’ Podcast – A (Sort of) Mission Statement

From the earliest drama in English, to the closing of the theatres in 1642, there was a hell of a lot of drama produced – and a lot of it wasn’t by just one guy.

Apart from a few noble exceptions, every-other-plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast/vlog/website presents full audio productions of the plays, exploratory read throughs, fragmentary and extant material, other texts not directly dramatic, all of which shaped the theatrical world that is more generally known.

We’re going to produce EVERYTHING. In full, in part, in different ways, live, in studio, in rehearsal, in production. You can sample some of our work in progress work on ALL the plays in this podcast timeline…

You help support us by pledging on our patreon account, and get a vote as to what we do next. http://www.patreon.com/beyondshakespeare

Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Stitcher or just listen here.