Review: The Malcontent by Amaryllis Barton

The Malcontent has been sitting on my shelf next to The Revenger’s Tragedy and The Duchess of Malfi for several long years. As for many former English undergraduates, it’s a play all too briefly studied, or studied in tandem with other plays. Rarely is it studied alone, and more than most is theatre unequivocally important to understanding its true power. Marston has been dismissed as ‘flawed’ and several notable critics have sniffed that The Malcontent’s structure is ‘defective’. For Edward’s Boys, the gauntlet was thrown down – though in his programme, Perry Mills makes no denial of the labyrinthine structure
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