The Dutch Courtesan

Early Modern Theatre at York

Introducing the film of The Dutch Courtesan

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§1 We are delighted to be able to make available on the website, as promised, the film of our June 2013 production of The Dutch Courtesan. The filming was carried out at the first public performance, using a four-camera set-up, directed by my television colleague Patrick Titley, and with the sound recording under the control [read more…]

BAFTA Nominated Romeo & Juliet In Performance – University of York and Film Education

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  The nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards have been announced, and Professor Michael Cordner’s interactive DVD, Romeo & Juliet In Performance, has been nominated for a BAFTA in the ‘Learning – Secondary’ category. The full list of nominees can be found here. The DVD, designed as an interactive Shakespeare resource for students studying [read more…]

How should we stage neglected plays?

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On 2nd July, Michael Billington wrote an article for the Guardian asking ‘Is it OK to rewrite classic plays?‘. Billington’s article, in which he raises concerns about the perceived need to simplify early modern plays for a modern audience, has sparked a heated discussion, but offers our production of The Dutch Courtesan as an example [read more…]

Michael Cordner at the Royal Shakespeare Company

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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…]

Early Modern Theatre at York

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This year’s production of The Dutch Courtesan in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s largest theatre is the latest in a series of early modern productions, directed at the University of York by Michael Cordner. Its most recent predecessors are: James Shirley’s Hyde Park (2003), John Marston’s The Malcontent (2008), and Thomas Middleton’s A [read more…]

A Mad World My Masters – Introduction

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In 2011 I directed Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters with a student cast and production team on the largest stage of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV) at the University of York. At its first performance on 23 June, it was filmed, using a four-camera set-up, by a team directed by [read more…]

A Mad World My Masters – Film

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This production was made possible by the generosity of the Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust The Characters Dick Follywit – Ryan Lane Mawworm – Nick Green Falselight – Adrian McPherson Limber – Sam Williams Greenwit – Jonny Glasgow Penitent Brothel – Luke de Belder Frank Gullman – Ellie McAlpine Fran Gullman’s Mother – Alexandra [read more…]

The Malcontent

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John Marston’s The Malcontent was performed in the Dixon Studio Theatre in 2008, and was directed by Michael Cordner. Click on the images below to see a full-screen slideshow.

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