Don’t miss out on tickets for Summer’s Last Will and Testament

 

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SUMMER:
What pleasure always lasts? No joy endures.
Summer I was. I am not what I was.

With two weeks to go until the first performance, tickets are selling fast for Edward’s Boys’ production of Thomas Nashe’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament, directed by Perry Mills – in association with The Thomas Nashe Project.

As Summer reaches the end of his days, he demands his officers give an account of their progress during his reign so he can assess what he can bequeath to his successor. Deeply depressed by their abject failure to secure his legacy, he goes to his grave an embittered monarch. All this is played out against the background of widespread plague.

This rarely performed comedy (?) or tragedy (?) or “shewe” (?) is part pageant, part allegory, part musical. Nashe’s only solo-authored drama, it is performed by a boys’ company for the first time since its original performance.

There are four performances which all begin at 7.00pm:

Tuesday 26th September
Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BE.
Full price: £10; Concessions: £6 (Capacity: 160)
Book online at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kes

Wednesday 27th September
Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BE.
Full price: £10; Concessions: £6 (Capacity: 160)
Book online at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kes

Friday 29th September
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe
Full price: £30; Standing: £10 (Capacity: 270)
Book online at: www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/productions/edwards-boys

Saturday 30th September
The Banqueting Hall, The Old Palace School, Croydon CR0 1AX
(by invitation only)

The Thomas Nashe Project is an ambitious project of scholarly editing, contracted by Oxford University Press: 6 volumes of all of Nashe’s known writings, as well as dubia, with detailed annotation that takes account of advances in our understanding of the 16th century over the last 30 years; a new glossary that makes use of the e-search tools at our disposal; and extensive analysis and commentary.

In addition to the new edition ‘The Thomas Nashe Project’ will be holding events from 2017. These will include performances, public readings, and academic conferences. The project will also be making multi-media resources about Nashe available on their website: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/thethomasnasheproject/