Middling Liz I (1576 to 1589ish)

Still super selective here, there’s so much else going on and we’re running out of room per page. So, no Lord Mayor’s Show at this time, no translations or Latin plays, just a few obvious choices which we’ll look at over the next few years. Dating varies, everything has a hinterland now…


Common Conditions by the unknown

The Tide Tarrieth No Man by George Wapull


All For Money by Thomas Lupton


A Marriage Between Wit and Wisdom by Francis Merbury – yup, another one of them… this is the third iteration of the Wit and Science plays, starting the odd decade ago. It could have come about almost anywhere in the 1570’s, but we’re going for a later date. Exploring session available on YouTube.


The Arraignment of Paris by George Peele – Exploring sessions available on YouTube.

Three Ladies of London by Robert Wilson

The Conflict of Conscience by Nathaniel Woods


Campaspe by John Lyly

Sappho and Phao by John Lyly


Galatea by John Lyly


The Famous Victories of Henry V by Somebody – Exploring sessions available. There’s additional work to come on Richard Tarlton’s role in this play. Keep ’em peeled.

Love’s Metamophosis by John Lyly

Hunting of Cupid by George Peele (fragment) – it’s impossible to firmly date this, it’s all a bit of a mess, but we had so much fun with these fragments. Enjoy.


The Troublesome Reign of King John, Part 1 and 2 by George Peele

Alphonsus by Robert Greene – first of many plays by Greene, with much to enjoy. Exploring session available.

The Spanish Comedy of Don Horatio possibly by Thomas Kyd. This play is lost, apart from possible surviving elements in The First Part of Hieronimo – which is a later comedy spoof. We call it Jeronimo! It’s fab. Discover more in the next entry.

The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd – exploring session available. We explored this back to back with Jeronimo! (see above) and it was glorious.

Tamberlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe – not to be confused with Tamberlaine the Great part 1 or 2, this is when the original play came about, with material that was cut when printed and before the second part was a twinkle in Marlowe’s eye. Here’s the prologue…

And here’s a playlist for our exploration of both plays…

Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe – exploring session available. Some people put this play much earlier, but it’s a tonic to place it after Tamberlaine, makes you think about it differently.

David and Bathsabe by George Peele – might live as early as this, we’ve placed our work on it in the next decade.


A Looking Glass for London and England by Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene – as usual, dating varies, but this play could live about here, or as late as 1591. It’s a spectacular Biblical epic, and other play from this period which is almost uncategoriseable – exploring session available on YouTube.

We also have looked at the epilogue to the play separately on the podcast.

Mucedorus by some people

The Misfortunes of Arthur by Thomas Hughes – we’ve not done this, but someone else has… updates to come.

The Wounds of Civil War by Thomas Lodge

Endymion by John Lyly

Tamberlaine the Great, part two by Christopher Marlowe – see above for more, but here’s the prologue for the solus part two.

Three Lords and Three Ladies of London by Robert Wilson


Taming of a Shrew by some human being somewhere. And boy is this a tricky devil for us to work on.

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe – again, this might originate in 1588, or later, but we’re putting it next to the Friar Bacon plays because it exists in conversation with them.

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert Greene – or perhaps we should call this, Friar Bacon – part one. There is a sequel that appears a few years later that survives in a slightly fragmentary state, known either as the second part of Friar Bacon or John of Bordeaux. It follows Friar Bacon in this exploring session playlist.

Midas by John Lyly

Mother Bombie by John Lyly

The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe

John a Kent and John a Cumber by Anthony Munday

Battle of Alcazar by George Peele – if there’s not a confusion of names, this play was quite popular in the next decade. An exploring session is available on YouTube