Robert Greene (1558-1592)

Robert Greene was an innovator and a playwright of wild abandon. Things happen in his plays – strange, bewildering, wonderful and bizarre. Be careful when you enter the worlds of his imagining – you may not come out the same as you went in.

Why not start with this podcast all about Robert Greene and the possible extent to his canon?

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

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.

The Friar Bacon Plays – Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay definitely 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, and might be by Greene as well.

Orlando Furioso by Robert Greene – First and Second Look Exploring Session available. There’s still a lot to dig into, as there are variations in the text, with a surviving cue script for the part of Orlando.

George a Greene – probably not Robert Greene, but they have the same surname so… sod it. We love George-a-Greene – it’s super fun and has lots of fight scenes. First and Second Look Exploring Sessions available in the playlist below. NB: The First Look videos for George-a-Greene were recorded as a shared session with Orlando Furioso, so you’ll need to skip the initial First Look video by about an hour to get to the gorgeous George action. Also covered in a Fantasy Production Meeting Episode!

James IV by Robert Greene – an exploring session on this most strange and wondrous play is available.

Selimus by well no one’s super sure, some say Greene. It’s a Queen’s Men play, so it fits within that sort of thing envelop of stuff. The exploring session begins midway through the first video on YouTube, as we read it back to back with another play. Skip to about 57 minutes in.