The Dutch Courtesan

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Rehearsal Diaries

In this series of posts, the project interns track the ongoing rehearsals… Rehearsal: 20th May. Author: Amy-Rhianne Milton Act 1 Scene 1, Nick Armfield (Freevill), Stevie Jeram (Malheureux), Dan Cornwell (Mulligrub) Act 4 Scene 2, Freevill, Malheureux. The play opens as young gallants Freevill, Malheureux, Tysefew and Caqueteur tease the landlord Mulligrub, who, we soon [read more…]

FILM: ‘Nay, good sweet daughter, do not swagger so’

Here we present two clips in which the actors work on Act 2 Scene 2. At the opening of this scene, Franceschina has learned of Freevill’s engagement to Beatrice and that she now faces not only the loss of her best customer, but her the man with whom she has inadvisedly fallen in love. In [read more…]

FILM: ‘What news from Babylon?’ – First rehearsals with Nick Armfield and Stevie Jeram

In this clip Nick Armfield (Freevill) and Stevie Jeram (Malheureux) have been rehearsing the end of Act 3 Scene 1 for the first time. This film shows the first pacing-out of the scene. Malheureux admits to have been asked by Franceschina to kill Freevill, and that he for a moment did consider it. Freevill accordingly [read more…]

Early rehearsals – photos

Rehearsals for June’s production are now underway. Tuesday was spent working with Freevill and Malheureux, played by Nick Armfield and Stevie Jeram, on Malheureux’s overheard soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 2, and with Malheureux and Franceschina, played by Anna Thirkettle, on Malheureux’s wooing of Franceschina in 2.2.

Booking

20-22 June, 7.30pm, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Scenic Stage Theatre, Heslington East Campus, University of York One of the greatest Jacobean comedies, John Marston’s masterpiece weaves together tales of sexual obsession, clever con-tricks, and radical freethinking into a striking plot which leads two of its characters to the foot of the gallows. It [read more…]

Festival of Ideas Events

Alongside the main production of The Dutch Courtesan we are hosting a series of events in association with the University of York Festival of Ideas. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS (please note, the FTR #4 bus no longer operates a shuttle to Heslington East Campus. However, the #44 Unibus service stops directly outside the Department) Jacobean [read more…]

Working with Perry Mills

On Tuesday 4th June, Perry Mills joined us to work with the cast and to share his insight into The Dutch Courtesan. In 2008 Perry directed the play with Edward’s Boys, the company of boys from King Edward’s School, Stratford-upon-Avon, which works on the repertory of the early modern boys companies. Perry later shared his [read more…]

Director’s Blog

In this post is collected a series of notes from the play’s director, Michael Cordner, on the ongoing rehearsal process. Sunday 2 June   Just passed the half-way mark in our short rehearsal period. The first attempt today on the play’s massive final scene, with its extraordinary twists and turns. Putting it on its feet [read more…]

About the Dutch Courtesan Project

In June 2013 John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan will be staged at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. This is the latest in a continuing series of productions of plays from the early modern repertoire there. This website has been created, both to track the Marston production as it [read more…]

Michael Cordner at the Royal Shakespeare Company

In March Michael Cordner conducted a workshop with the cast of the 2013 Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Mad World, My Masters,  which opens on 6th June. He has subsequently written an article in the programme for the show. Michael himself directed A Mad World, My Masters at York in 2011, about which he has [read more…]