First dates announced for 2014 production of Galatea

Edward’s Boys are proud to announce the first dates for our 2014 production of John Lyly’s Galatea. We will be performing at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford on Thursday March 13th, and King Edward VI School’s Levi Fox Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March. We will then be performing at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre, London on the evening of Sunday 27th April. This performance coincides with a study day at the Globe examining the work and legacy of Lyly. To stay informed about ticket availability for these performances, please click here to
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Christ Church Dido now available on DVD

Gavin Birkett’s DVD of Dido, Queen of Carthage is now available to buy. Filmed in the Great Hall of Christ Church, Oxford under low available light conditions, the DVD features both the performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage by Edward’s Boys, and EDOX’s performance of William Gager’s Dido. To order, click  here.
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“Dazzling” Dido delights audiences in Stratford and Oxford

Edward’s Boys’ production of Marlow’s Dido, Queen of Carthage met with a hugely enthusiastic audience response at performances in The Levi Fox Hall in Stratford on Friday 20th September and Christ Church Great Hall, Oxford on Saturday 21st. Professor Michael Dobson, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, wrote “I was dazzled by it – complete thanks are due to you and your cast”, and Professor Michael Cordner from the University of York described the performance as “a triumph that I was delighted to have witnessed!”. Click here to view more audience response to the production, and to see more photos of the performances in
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Tickets selling fast for Dido, Queen of Carthage

On Friday 20th September, at 7.30pm, Edward’s Boys will be performing Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon. With the support of the faux pas parents association, we shall be staging the production as part of a ‘feast’, with a hot meal of chilli con carne included in the ticket price. The performance will include live music, as is common in our shows, but will also be preceded by musical extracts from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. A short introduction to Marlowe’s play will be given by Dr Andy Kesson of the University
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Henry V DVD now available

The DVD of Edward’s Boys performance of Henry V in the Swan Theatre on 17th March 2013 is now available. Produced by Gavin Birkett, it is a wonderful memento of an amazing evening. Click here to order online now.
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“Our boys have scored a triumph…”

So read the review in the Stratford Herald for the 1913 King Edward VI production of Henry V at the Memorial Theatre, and the 2013 edition has been similarly lauded. The Herald again leads the way, praising this “Bold reinvention of historic Henry”, in performances over three nights at the School’s Levi Fox Hall, the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the historic Guildhall – Shakespeare’s schoolroom. Professional actor and Old Boy Tim Pigott-Smith, who performed the role of Chorus, was described an “an inspired choice… [he] superbly evoked the ‘imaginary puissance’ of the English expedition, but the embedded pedantry of a schoolmaster cast
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Remarkable levels of support for our production of Henry V

Before Christmas we asked for corporate sponsors and individual patrons to lend their support to this ambitious project. The response was magnificent. Seven local businesses generously offered to support the production as corporate sponsors, raising nearly £2,000. Our Crowdfunding campaign for individual patrons through Sponsume raised £710, significantly above our £500 target. Many, many thanks to all those who have offered their support. It is much appreciated.
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Henry V: 1913-2013

In 1913 as part of his season of History plays at the Memorial Theatre, Frank Benson invited King Edward VI School to present a production of HENRY V for two performances. The production, cast with boys from the school with the exception of a professional actor playing the part of Chorus, was very well received with positive reviews in ‘The Morning Post’, ‘The Birmingham Post’, ‘The Stratford Herald’ and ‘The Evesham Journal.’ The composer at the theatre that year was the young Ralph Vaughan Williams, who composed music for all the productions including HENRY V. Poignantly, all the boys taking
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