We are pleased to announce Edward’s Boys’ March 2016 production of Francis Beaumont’s The Woman Hater, directed by Perry Mills.
There will be four UK performances: two in Stratford-upon-Avon (Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th March, venue tbc), one at The Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Oxford (Thursday 10th March) and one in the Chapel of King’s College London (Saturday 12th March). The production will then travel to France for three further performances in Montpellier w/c 21st March.
Booking details to follow.
About The Woman Hater…
If Beaumont is mentioned at all it is usually in conjunction with his more famous collaborator (“Bo’mon’n’Fletcha”!) and that is probably a result of the fact that “Fletcha” also collaborated with someone called Shakespeare. However, Beaumont wrote plays on his own and one at least, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, has a strong reputation following several successful productions in recent decades.
The Woman Hater, his first play, has been overlooked since 1606 when it was performed by “Paul’s Boys”, one of the foremost boys’ companies of the period. This is a real shame since this City/Comedy/of Humours/Farce has enormous theatrical and popular potential. And like many of the boys’ plays, it is filthy, racist and deeply offensive in general. It is also extremely contentious, featuring an outrageous parody of the discovery by spies of a plot to assassinate the Leader of State. Only a few months earlier London had been shaken by the exposure of the Gunpowder Plot! There are also satiric references to the work of Shakespeare throughout.
Beaumont had no respect for his betters…
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