Introduction: Rethinking Performance in Early Modern England

Sources, Contexts, and Forms


  • Emily Mayne University of Oxford





This Early Theatre ‘Issues in Review’ explores concepts of ‘performance’ in late medieval and early modern England. Responding to current work on drama, festivity and spectatorship, and to the ongoing editorial project Records of Early English Drama (REED), essays address questions such as: what constitutes performance in pre-modern contexts? where, and in what types of texts, can evidence of medieval and early modern performance be located? and what can rethinking ideas of performance and sources do for critical understanding of medieval and early modern culture and drama?

[Please note this Abstract and Title are for the whole 'Issues in Review'.]

Author Biography

Emily Mayne, University of Oxford

Emily Mayne ( is a stipendiary lecturer in English at Merton College, University of Oxford. In 2019-20 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. With Professor Matthew Woodcock she is editor of Records of Early English Drama: Norwich, 1540-1642.





Issues in Review Essays