Introducing The Silent Woman

Edward’s Boys Present:

The Silent Woman,

Or Epicene

by Ben Jonson (1609)

Think nothing true. 

The Silent Woman, or Epicene is now one of the most admired of Jonson’s plays, and certainly his most accessible written for the boys’ companies. This is the first time Edward’s Boys have staged a full play by Jonson. It wickedly satirises the sexually ambiguous fashionistas of the West End of London where the idle wits rub shoulders with commercial values.

First performed in 1609 or 1610 at the little-known Whitefriars Theatre by the newly formed Children of the Queen’s Revels, The Silent Woman is presented by Edward’s Boys at the request of the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle. The University Library at Edinburgh holds a unique copy of the play from the 1660s containing marginal notes which appear to be stage directions from a contemporary performance. During the rehearsal process the company will workshop these scenes for the benefit of academics. Following their March performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, this will be the first time that Edward’s Boys have ventured north – to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham and Leeds. In April the production will visit the company’s “London home”, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.

“It is slightly weird that academics working on English Renaissance drama have got to know by name some of the stars of Edward’s Boys, and have been following their progress year by year, but such is the power of their unforgettable performances.” (Dr Jose Perez Diez, University of Leeds)

This production sets the play in the West End of London in the 1980s. 

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Tickets are now available for the initial six performances of The Silent Woman:

  • 7.00pm Friday 20th March – Levi Fox Hall CV37 6BE
  • Tickets: £10; Concessions: £6
  • 7.00pm Saturday 21st March – Levi Fox Hall CV37 6BE
  • Tickets: £10; Concessions: £6
  • 7.00pm Monday 23rd March – Durham Cathedral, Durham DH1 3EH 
  • Tickets: £12; Concessions: £8 
  • 2.00pm Tuesday 24th March – The King’s Hall, University of Newcastle NE1 7RU (Workshop performance)
  • Tickets: £8; Concessions: £5
  • 7.00pm Wednesday 25th March – Riddle’s Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG
  • Tickets: £12; Concessions: £8
  • 7.00pm Thursday 26th March – Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds LS2 9JT
  • Tickets: £12; Concessions: £8

Tickets for all these performances can be purchased by means of the online Box Office (

Tickets for the London performance will go on sale on Wednesday 19th February.

  • 6.30pm Sunday 19th April – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe SE1 9DT
  • Tickets: £25 (£10 standing)

Shakespeare’s Globe Box Office 0207-401 9919 or

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