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 Mad World, My Masters (2011).
The Marston and Middleton stagings have prompted two interlinked articles by Cordner – ‘“A Mad World, My Masters”: From Script to Performance’ and ‘“The Malcontent” and the Hamlet Aftermath’ – which will be published in the next two issues of Shakespeare Bulletin. Both combine close textual analysis with fresh interpretations of the plays’ demands and designs, drawn from the experience of sustained work on them in rehearsal.
In 2010 the Department of Theatre, Film and Television moved into new, specially designed, premises. As a result it was possible to film A Mad World with a four-camera set-up. An introduction to the film, and images from the production, are now available, while the film itself is also now live.
This page also provides photographs from the 2008 Malcontent, shortly to be followed by a matching selection for the 2003 Hyde Park.