Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 June 2005

328 Pages | 10 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719073359

Bookseller Code (06)


Drama of the English Republic, 1649-1660

Plays and entertainments

Janet Clare

Published by Manchester University Press

Revels Plays Companion Library MUP

  • The first modern collection of plays and entertainments which were originally published and performed when England was nominally a republic or commonwealth
  • The five texts, three of which have been edited here for the first time, illustrate how the dramatists devised new aesthetics in response to the ideological concerns of the Republic
  • A comprehensive introduction covering the production and performance of drama in a period when it is generally considered moribund
  • Argues that theatre, forced into a novel position of opposition, did more than survive in reduced form: the theatrical organism adapted to contain folk celebrations, current events and pamphlets, as well as 'royalist' plays offering oblique critiques of Caroline policies
  • This study breaks away from old binaries of Puritanism and theatre to reveal complex and shifting allegiances and a continued fascination with the forbidden by those who outlawed it