Justgiving: Edward’s Boys

Many people responded to the news of the cancellation of The Silent Woman with offers to donate their ticket cost to the company. Unfortunately, our Ticketsource software automatically refunds cancellations, so we were unable to accept this money. @JoseAPerezDiez came to our aid and has set up a Justgiving page which you can access here. All your support for Edward’s Boys is greatly appreciated, and it makes the loss of the show easier to bear. Onwards and upwards!
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Thank You

Thank You! Edward’s Boys would like to thank everyone who has been in touch to offer their support since last Friday when we announced that we were going to cancel the production of The Silent Woman. The disappointment has been easier to bear on account of the universal kindness and thoughtfulness expressed by so many. Several of you invited us to “count purchased tickets as donations to help defray costs”. We are grateful for this generous gesture, but are unable to accept since our online ticket service refunds all money as a matter of course. One of the most difficult
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The Silent Woman – CANCELLED

It is with the greatest regret that we announce the cancellation of our production of The Silent Woman.  This decision has not been made lightly, but we trust you appreciate the reasons it was taken. If those of you who planned to see the show are disappointed, we hope you can imagine how Edward’s Boys feel. The tour was 18 months in the planning. We have been rehearsing since October. The general sense from those of us who know about these things is that it would have been a “perfectly adequate” show.  Now is the time to announce confidently that
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New Praise For Edward’s Boys

“If you’ve never seen Edward’s Boys, their shows are not to be missed – beyond the original practices thing. I truly believe Perry Mills to be one of the most vital and original directorial voices in British Theatre. Go!” Dr Will Sharpe, University of Birmingham “Congratulations on your continued and fabulous success in securing a distinctive place for Edward’s Boys in the front rank of early modern performance internationally! I know The Silent Woman will be brilliant.” Professor Ewan Fernie, The Shakespeare Institute. “The acclaimed Edward’s Boys from King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, are a troupe of boy actors under
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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
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The Silent Woman

We are delighted to announce that the next production by Edward’s Boys will be The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson (1609). Performances will take place in March and April 2020. Apart from playing Stratford-upon-Avon and London, we will visit the North of England for the first time! Dates and venues will be announced in the near future.
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Wit & Science: a brief report

The tour of Redford’s extraordinary allegorical satire was greeted with great acclaim at each performance (Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, London and Genoa). It was an exciting coincidence that we should give our final performance in the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, the setting for most of the scenes of our previous production – The Malcontent by John Marston. It appears that Edward’s Boys have now been ‘discovered’ by the medievalists as well as the early modernists! 
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The Archive

Materials relating to every production by Edward’s Boys is held within the King Edward VI School Archive. Academics regularly visit for the purposes of research. Should you be interested in making use of the company’s archive please contact the School Archivist, Richard Pearson, at rbp@kes.net
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News about DVDs

Edward’s Boys would not enjoy the profile they have without the fact that all of their performances have been filmed and are available for purchase. This benefit is not simply appreciated by the parents of the performers. University libraries all over the world order the entire Edward’s Boys archive every week. Let’s be frank, where else can you find a film of Lyly’s Galatea or Ford’s The Lady’s Trial or Middleton’s A Trick to Catch the Old One? This unique archive is the result of extraordinary work by Gavin Birkett. I am sorry to report that Gavin has suffered severe
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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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