Reviews and feedback

The Value of the Project

To some extent, of course, the value of the project is for others to decide. However, it is perhaps permissible for those who have been involved over a number of years to offer their opinions.

The work of Edward’s Boys has provided opportunities for:

1. The academics, for whom it offers occasional insights into what it might have been like to witness a performance by a boys’ company

2. The development of a company spirit and the inculcation of apprenticeship which has been a crucial element in the success of the endeavour

3. The development of skills as performers of early modern drama

4. Wider educational value, which has been immeasurable – within the school community in a pastoral sense, in terms of an emotional and PSHE education, a curriculum useful for boys, and an appreciation of the power of the arts


Review of Wit and Science by Amaryllis Barton, King Edward VI School

Review of Rebellion in Action by Richard Pearson, King Edward VI School

Review of Wit and Science by Dr Sasmita Sinha

Review of The Malcontent by Dr José A. Pérez Díez, University of Leeds

Review of The Malcontent by Amaryllis Barton, King Edward VI School

Review of When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys by Dr Harry McCarthy, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Review of The Woman in the Moon by Professor Leah Scragg, University of Manchester

Review of The Woman in the Moon by Amaryllis Barton, King Edward VI School

Review of Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Professor Sonia Massai, King’s College, London

Review of Trick to Catch an Old One by Professor Michelle O’Callaghan, University of Reading

Review of The Marston Project by Professor Martin ButlerUniversity of Leeds and Dr José Perez Diez, University of Leeds

Review of Roehampton by Dr Andy Kesson, University of Roehampton and Dr Stephen PurcellUniversity of Warwick

Review of The Woman Hater by Professor Gordon McMullan, Kings College London, Director London Shakespeare Centre

Review of The Lady’s Trial by Professor Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University

Review of Galatea by Dr Andy Kesson, University of Roehampton

Review of Dido, Queen of Carthage by Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch, University of Leeds

Review of Henry V by Professor Emma Smith, Hertford College, Oxford

Review of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Professor John Jowett, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Review of A Mad World My Masters by Professor Laurie Maguire, Magdalen College, Oxford

Review of Antonio’s Revenge by Professor Lucy Munro, Kings College, London

Review of Endymion by Professor Leah Scragg, University of Manchester

Review of The Dutch Courtesan by Professor Jonathan Bate, University of Oxford

Review of Westward Ho! by Professor Elisabeth Dutton, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Company by Clare Smout


Click here to read more expert opinion on the work of Edward’s Boys from Pascale Aebischer, Gregory Doran, Tiffany Stern, Laurie Maguire, Gordon McMullan and Elisabeth Dutton.