Shakespeare Institute Marathon 2017

Between 12th June and 30th June 2017, in the Reading Room of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the Shakespeare Institute took part in unrehearsed, round-the-table readings all of the extant playhouse drama from the decade before Shakespeare, in chronological order: 41 plays, covering the years 1581-91.

This year’s marathon was run in association with the Before Shakespeare project that is currently exploring the early plays and playhouses of the Elizabethan era. You can follow them on twitter @b4shakes .

Lead by Dr Martin Wiggins, the Shakespeare Institute’s marathon has previously concentrated on reading the complete dramatic works of particular authors (John Fletcher, Thomas Heywood, James Shirley, and last year, Thomas Dekker), but this year we decided to concentrate on all of the extant plays of a particularly fruitful and important period of the emerging English theatre. Not only do these works give an invaluable insight into the theatrical world in which the young William Shakespeare began his career as actor and writer, but they also reflect a significant moment of cultural change and creativity in which the theatre became a powerful and frequently controversial form of public art.

Click on “Schedule” above to see a full programme of dates and times for all of the readings, and follow our twitter account @SI_Marathon for more updates.

You can see details of last year’s marathon, encompassing the entire dramatic works of Thomas Dekker, including a record of all the live-tweeting during the readings, at our Dekkerthon site.