Shakespeare's Sister

Shakespeare's Sister

by: Emma Whipday

by: Emma Whipday

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Shakespeare's Sister

Shakespeare's Sister

by: Emma Whipday

by: Emma Whipday

Overview

Judith Shakespeare has one ambition: to be a playwright. When her debt-ridden father forces her into an engagement, she runs away with the help of dashing actor Ned Alleyn, hoping to join her brother in London. But when Judith arrives in the plague-stricken capital, she finds her brother gone, Ned engaged to another, and her play refused.

Judith and the players confront poverty in the midst of economic depression, in a society where women’s freedoms are curtailed, under a government confronting religious extremism in a climate of fear. Judith must choose between succumbing to social pressures, and following her dream, no matter what the cost.

Shakespeare’s Sister was first performed as a staged reading at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust’s “Pitch Your Play” scheme, supported by the Noël Coward Foundation and the Vernon Charitable Trust. It was revived as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations at King’s College London.

Shakespeare's Sister received a full amateur production at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London in October 2016, and received its international premiere in the Blackfriars Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, in February 2017.

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Details

  • Genre: Period
  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Emma Whipday

Emma Whipday is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL. She is also a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe. Emma studied English at Oxford, and has received an MA and PhD in Shakespeare from University College London (UCL). She has taught at UCL; Brasenose College, Oxford; and the Royal Central School of Spee ...

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