Latest News – Live Shows and Latest Full Cast Audio

The 2019 ‘Spring’ Season is being released – with Jack Juggler and Gammer Gurton’s Needle now complete, and finishing touches being added to The Life and Death of Jack Straw. The Tragedy of Mariam will begin to drop next year – unless you’re a patron, in which case material is already with you.

NEW VOTING SESSION NOW CLOSED – the next vote is in Spring/Summer 2020. The latest vote for our future work chose the next Exploring sessions and three plays that get an upgrade to full production. Thanks to all who voted and contributed.

First Live Show of 2020

We’re hoping to produce more live shows in the New Year, the first confirmed is at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury. Tickets are available now from their website. Rough draft of the poster and line up below – more soon.

Voted by You in Spring 2019:

Four plays have been selected for the next season. Obviously we have to release this season first, but we expect episodes to start to drop once that has happened. And the plays, chosen by our patreon followers, are:

Storytelling fun!
A morality play for a Queen…
Family fun… just not kind of fun you’re supposed to have as a family.
Something a bit Neo-Classical…

So, four plays which we’re going to produce in full. We’re also going to do some prep work on two other plays that are a tad too tricky to do in full at present.

Horsey to Bish Queen four…
Oh so many accents…

Voted by You in Autumn 2018:

Four plays have been chosen from the Autumn 2018 Patreon Vote. 

So, what’s coming up?

Jack Juggler – a comedic enterlude, which will probably come out in March…

Gammer Gurton’s Needle – a comedy for student performance…

The Life and Death of Jack Straw – a surprisingly short history play…

and The Tragedy of Mariam, The Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary – a tragedy not written for the public stage.

2019 Season

The complete plays of John Heywood are out now, as well as a mini season of material from the Biblical plays of John Bale.  Our Exploring series on the Chester Mystery plays, already recorded, are available to our patrons now and will be out on the podcast by the end of 2019.

The Play of the Weather


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 Shakespeare.

Apart from a few noble exceptions these plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast presents full audio productions of the plays, fragmentary and extant, that shaped the theatrical world that shaped our dramatic history.

We’re going to produce EVERYTHING. In full, in part, in different ways, live, in studio, in rehearsal, in production. You can listen to our work in progress timeline of all the plays in this timeline.

You help support us by pledging on our patreon account, and get a vote as to what we do next.

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