Keywords:Thomas Hughes, The Misfortunes of Arthur, Gray's Inn, Inns of Court, The Dolphin's Back, rehearsed reading, script-in-hand performance, Read Not Dead, The Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys, Jan Kochanowski, Macbeth, Gorboduc
In 2019, the author of this essay directed a rehearsed, script-in-hand performance of Thomas Hughes’s The Misfortunes of Arthur in Gray's Inn Chapel. This essay records the rehearsal process, staging, and design. It explains the choice of this play for revival and how text-cutting shaped the way the story was to be told. The author also discusses the play’s language, including echoes of it in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and asks what staging this play tells us about the relationship between Inns of Court drama and the wider world of English professional theatre and, more generally, European theatre of the time.
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