Arden and Shakespeare
‘When was I so long in killing a man?’, Black Will asks in desperation towards the end of the play. Based on the true story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his wife, her lover and accomplices in 1551, Arden of Faversham is one of the earliest domestic tragedies and a play which has continued to thrill audiences since its first staging. Catherine Richardson, who lives very close to where one of the many murder attempts takes place, has spent the last five years editing the play – she too wondered whether she would ever finish the job. In this talk, she tries to pin down its enduring popularity, taking a trip through, amongst other subjects, its performance history – by both human actors and puppets – and the latest, controversial thinking about the play's likely authorship.
Prof Catherine Richardson is Director, Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries and Professor of Early Modern Studies in the School of English at the University of Kent
Catherine will be signing copies of her book, which will be for sale that evening, the book is being published on February 24th, and copies will be available from Tales on Market Street.
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