Announcing our 2015 production…

Edward’s Boys are pleased to announce that our 2015 production will be John Ford’s The Lady’s Trial, in collaboration with Globe Education. Performed at the Phoenix (Cockpit) Theatre Drury Lane in 1638 by the last of the boys’ companies, ‘Beeston’s Boys’, The Lady’s Trial was Ford’s last play. There is some evidence to suggest that it enjoyed some brief popularity immediately after the Restoration, but it appears never to have been staged since. Why? That is one of the questions we will seek to answer with this production. ‘Why was it performed by a boys’ company?’ is another. The script
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Little Eyases: Early Modern Plays and Boy Players: 1525-1642

On Thursday 13th November Perry Mills took part in a three-way symposium (Perth, Western Australia; Newcastle, UK; Stratford-upon-Avon) discussing the early modern boys companies and the work of Edward’s Boys as part of an academic conference. In recent weeks academics from Tokyo, Jerusalem, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Oxford and Exeter have been in touch with requests and invitations. The word seems to be spreading… LINK: Little Eyases: Early Modern Plays and Boy Players: 1525-1642 (The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions)
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A celebration of the life and work of David Biddle

On Friday 26th September King Edward VI School hosted a celebration of the life and work of David Biddle, who died in July, aged 76, after battling a brain tumour. David was a much loved member of staff at K.E.S. between 1992 and 2014, having also been a student here between 1949 and 1957. Both current and former members of Edward’s Boys gathered at the celebration (above). David was both a great supporter of the company and one of its stars, performing with distinction the role of Chorus in our centenary production of Henry V in Big School in 2013.   LINK:
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“A bravely honest staging of a forgotten but exciting text”

Dr Andy Kesson of the University of Roehampton has reviewed Edward’s Boys’ 2014 production of Galatea for The Stratfordian magazine. In his review, Dr Kesson praises the cast’s handling of the challenge language of John Lyly’s text: “The boys handled Lyly’s language – so often described as fussy and complicated by scholars – with ease and panache. This is the first time I have seen Lyly performed by actors who are not distracted by their characters’ tendency for wordplay. Professional actors, trained to treat everything as naturalistic, are often deeply embarrassed when their characters start to pun, and often seem
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Edward’s Boys perform for HRH The Prince of Wales

During his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon on 2nd June, HRH The Prince of Wales visited King Edward VI School to mark the re-opening of the historic Guild Chapel and the completion of work on the new organ there. Whilst at the school, The Prince was treated to a special performance of a scene from Edward’s Boys’ recent production of Galatea, introduced by Perry Mills, after which he met members of the cast. Click on a thumbnail to view the slideshow…
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Galatea DVD now available

A DVD of Edward’s Boys’ 2014 production of Galatea is now available. Filmed in the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, the DVD is available in PAL (UK) or NTSC format, with a running time of 99 minutes. To order, please click here: http://edwardsboys.org/product/galatea-dvd-2014/
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“Rigorous attention to the details of the text, clear storytelling and formidable professionalism”

Helen Osborne of the Shakespeare Institute has written a review of Edward’s Boys’ 2013 production of Dido, Queen of Carthage in the recently published Marlowe Society of America Newsletter (Vol. 33, No. 2, Spring 2014). In her review, Helen praises “this meticulous production which is to be lauded not only for the talent on display but also for its evident commitment to thoughtful engagement with Marlowe’s text”. You can read the review in full here: http://users.ipfw.edu/stapletm/msa/docs/332Sp14.pdf
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“Alchemy performed by Edward’s Boys… to a standing ovation.”

Edward’s Boys’ production of John Lyly’s Galatea concluded its run on Sunday evening at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. This was the first performance of Globe Education’s first season in the remarkable new candle-lit indoor theatre, and marked the culmination of a John Lyly study day at The Globe which attracted leading academics from around the world. The sell-out audience gave the young performers from Shakespeare’s School a rapturous reception, and feedback to the performance on social media has been effusive in praise of the production.   Full reviews of the performance will be posted on
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