We’re slowly filling in the gaps of the early years of the first Stuart monarch, but we’re getting there. It gets super patchy from 1608, but every little helps… Go back to 1600 to 1603.
The Queen is dead, long live the King. Here’s the proclamation of his taking the throne.
Narcissus, A Twelfth Night Merriment. Super silly show, we recommend. Not that we play favourites.
Hoffman, or a Revenger for a Father by Henry Chettle
The Fairy Chase by William Percy
Antipoe by Francis Verney
A Woman Killed With Kindness by Thomas Heywood – First Look Exploring Session available.
The Tragedy of Darius by William Alexander – later published as part of his Monarchick Tragedies, this the first play as written, though you might want to start with Croesus, which comes nearly on top of this text.
Sejanus by Ben Jonson
The Phoenix by Thomas Middleton
The First Part of Jeronimo (printed 1605) – this is a reasonable date for the play, but opinions vary so it pops up all over the place. Parts of it might survive from a much earlier version of the play. But might not. See, The Spanish Tragedy all the way back in 1587.
The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston – First Look Exploring Session available
The Honest Whore (part 1) by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
Westward Ho! by various people
The Fair Maid of Bristol – or Bristow. Is this a spoof, or just very short? You decide. First Look Exploring Session available
Law Tricks, or Who Would Have Thought It by John Day
The Wit of a Woman
May Day by George Chapman
Bussy D’Ambois by George Chapman
When You See Me, You Know Me by Samuel Rowley
Philotas by Samuel Daniel – First Look Exploring Session available.
The London Prodigal
All Fools by George Chapman
The Malcontent by John Marston – First Look Exploring Session available
If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody (parts 1 & 2) by Thomas Heywood – these are two very different plays. The first part otherwise is called The Troubles of Queen Elizabeth, and is all about Elizabeth, while the second play which is more properly called If You Know Not Me and is about London life. During the life of these two plays the overall title stuck to both plays which sort of function as a two parter, but part two isn’t really interested in following much of the action of part one. Lot’s of good stuff, but needs attention… First Look available.
Croesus by William Alexander – First Look Exploring Session available
The Queen’s Arcadia by Samuel Daniel – First Look Exploring Session available.
Eastward Ho! by Chapman, Jonson, Marston
Nobody and Somebody
If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody p 2 by Thomas Heywood – see 1604 above or watch the first video here.
The Widow’s Tears by George Chapman
The Honest Whore (part 2) by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker
Claudius Tiberius Nero
A Trick to Catch the Old One by Thomas Middleton
Monsieur D’Olive by George Chapman
Caesar’s Revenge or, Caesar and Pompey – University Play, not the play of the same name by George Chapman
A Mad, Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton
Michaelmas Term by Thomas Middleton
Northward Ho! Webster by Thomas Dekker and John Webster
The Fawn, or Parasitaster by John Marston – First Look Exploring Session available.
A Yorkshire Tragedy by Thomas Middleton, and possibly others. Who knows. It’s not very long. Trigger Warning for this exploration – it’s a dark play about domestic abuse and murder.
1605 Lord Mayor’s Show: The Triumphs of Reunited Britannia by Anthony Munday – more to come, see below.
c.1605 The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba by John Marston – exploring session of this dark and strange play is available.
The Isle of Gulls by John Day
Volpone by Ben Jonson
The Fleer by Edward Sharpham
The Whore of Babylon by Thomas Dekker
Birth of Hercules
The Woman Hater by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
The Puritan by Thomas Middleton
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton
Cupid’s Whirligig by Edward Sharpham
The Miseries of Enforced Marriage by George Wilkins
The Alexandrian Tragedy by William Alexander – First Look Exploring Session available.
Julius Caesar by William Alexander – things are about to get a tad stabby, in the last of Sir William’s closet dramas on themes of monarchic control, or lack thereof. Closet Drama playlist. Roman History playlist.
The Rape of Lucrece by Thomas Heywood
The Two Maids of Moreclacke by Robert Armin
The Devil’s Charter by Barnabe Barnes
Ram Alley by Lording Barry
The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont – meta-comedy.
The Travels of Three English Brothers by John Day
Every Woman in Her Humour by Lewis Machin
Humour out of Breath by John Day
The Family of Love by Lording Barry – recording of the prologue available.
Fortune by Land and Sea by Thomas Heywood and William Rowley
The Turk by John Mason
The Dumb Knight by Gervase Markham and Lewis Machin
Your Five Gallants by Thomas Middleton
Cupid’s Revenge by Francis Beaumont
We’re slowly edging towards completing our timeline up to 1607 – it gets really patchy round here from 1608 onwards. But we’re working on it. 1608 and onwards…