Edward’s Boys – The Play of Wit and Science 7th – 12th July 2019

At 7pm on Sunday 7th July in the Levi Fox Hall Edward’s Boys will give their first performance of Wit and Science by John Redford prior to touring Oxford, London and Genoa, Italy where they will perform at the invitation of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval. Redford, composer, organist and choirmaster of St Paul’s Cathedral, seems to have written the play around 1540. It exists in one manuscript in the British Library. However, the first five pages of the notebook are missing and so we do not know precisely how much of the text is lost! Nevertheless,
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Tickets for Wit and Science now available

Wit and Science by John Redford (c1540) 7.00pm Sunday 7th July – Levi Fox Hall CV37 6BE Tickets: £10; Concessions: £5 6.00pm Monday 8th July – The Chapel. New College Oxford OX1 3BN Tickets: £10; Concessions: £5 7.00pm Tuesday 9th July – the Priory Church the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ Tickets: £12; Concessions: £6  Tickets for performances may be purchased by means of the online Box Office (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kes
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The Malcontent – Tickets Available Now

Marston himself calls The Malcontent “asperam… thaliam”: a harsh or rough comedy; it is sometimes called a tragi-comedy. The rehearsal process has suggested a different emphasis, a comi-tragedy. It’s so savagely funny, but in an invasive, provocative, unsentimental way. Be warned: this will not be a comfortable evening.
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Edward’s Boys Present: The Malcontent by John Marston (1604)

“Dreams, dreams, visions, fantasies, chimeras, imaginations, tricks, conceits!”   This tragi-comedy is considered Marston’s masterpiece, full of reversals and transformations, surprises and disguises. A bitter satire, suffused with savage irony throughout, the play is a timely reminder of the worst excesses of fallen humanity driven by lust and ambition. It also demands great musical resources.  First performed in 1604 at the Blackfriars by “the Children of Her Majesty’s Revels”, one of the two leading boys’ companies of the day, The Malcontent is presented by Edward’s Boys at the request of the Oxford Marston Project. The production marks the ongoing publication
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Announcing Edward’s Boys Production for March 2019

Edward’s Boys are delighted to announce that our March 2019 production will be John Marston’s tragi-comedy The Malcontent, directed by Perry Mills. This production will be given as part of the Oxford Marston Project. Dates and venues will be confirmed shortly, but will include performances in Oxford and London as well as Stratford-upon-Avon. Tickets will go on sale at the start of January. To be first to hear about ticket availability, please sign up for our mailing list using the form at the foot of this page.
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Rebellion in Action

An Illustrated Lecture featuring Edward’s Boys   As far as we know, Samuel Daniel’s The Tragedy of Philotas was only performed once, probably in January 1605. The actors were all choristers in the company known as the Children of the Queen’s Revels. It was niche drama, and the choice of inflammatory subject matter—satire on the state–was surely part of the attraction. And the performance earned Daniel the unwelcome scrutiny of the Privy Council, possibly on account of a perceived resemblance between the play’s protagonist and the Earl of Essex, who had been executed for rebellion and treason in 1601. Furthermore, Philotas
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Edward’s Boys swap the stage for the screen in BBC Four documentary

In an exciting new collaboration, Edward’s Boys have taken part in a BBC Four documentary on the shocking true story of children kidnapped from the streets of Elizabethan London to perform on the stage. The documentary sheds light on the gripping tale of a child abducted from the streets of Elizabethan London, and how his father fought to get him back. Presented by acclaimed children’s author and academic, Katherine Rundell, this intriguing tale is set behind the scenes in the golden age of Shakespeare, and provides a glimpse into the lives of children long before they were thought to have rights. 
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2018 productions now available on DVD

DVDs of live performances of The Woman in the Moon (April 2018) and When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys (June 2018) are now available on DVD. Please click here to go to the shop to order your copy.
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Review: When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys

The year 1600 was the first in many that avid theatregoers had the choice of going to see not one, but two, professional all-boy troupes: the Children of Paul’s (1599-1606), who worked, predictably, out of a small indoor playhouse in the cloisters of Paul’s Cathedral, and the Children of the Chapel/Revels/Blackfriars/Queen’s Revels (1600-1613; they had a bit of an identity crisis), who occupied a larger venue in the Blackfriars. The companies were united in their experimental nature, their inventive approach to playwriting and performance, and, if the plays written for them are anything to go by, their shared possession of
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Edward’s Boys on tour in London: last few tickets remaining!

  After a final day of rehearsals, Edward’s Boys are about to embark on their latest tour, When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys. The company is excited to be performing at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 25th of June and at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Tuesday 26th of June; these two glorious venues will be the setting for an educational, and quite possibly extraordinary, evening. Tickets for Monday’s performance sold out rapidly, but a small number of tickets still remain for Tuesday’s performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Please click here for more information, and to catch the last performance of
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