The Dutch Courtesan

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 of actors

    ‘taking a tricky play and making it totally accessible through their vocal clarity.’

    The Billington article briefly discusses the RSC‘s A Mad World My Master’s, which makes substantial changes to the original text, but follows a much longer conversation with Michael Cordner at our ‘Jacobean Theatre Now’ event.

    The full film of this discussion is now available here: ‘Film: Jacobean Theatre Now’.


    The film of the show will be made available on this site shortly. In the meantime, Peter Kirwan has written a detailed review on the Bardathon, and you can also browse a full selection of production photos.