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I assume I’m in a minority in preferring Thomas Heywood’s 1 Edward IV to Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday. Both plays – each written in 1599 – set the rise of an unlikely citizen mayor against the more sinister backdrop of royal and aristocratic manipulation.

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Week 79: A Brief History of Newspapers

When I was about ten years old, I launched a newspaper. I was proprietor, editor, reporter-in-chief, arts critic, sports correspondent, head of marketing and sales department. 998 more words

The ruler of the London underworld in the 17th century was an actor, a thief, a fraudster, a folk hero—and a woman.

By Phil James

In the year 1611, the audience at London’s Fortune Playhouse were treated to an unusual sight. Across the river from the Globe Theater, where William Shakespeare was producing a play called The Tempest, audiences looking for cheaper fare gathered in the pit—standing room only—to banter on about the daily affairs of the city. 2,678 more words


The darkness doesn’t leave it just manifests in to pure terror ‘Fear Clinic’ - DVD review

Hitting the shelves today is the long awaited home entertainment release of the Robert Englund starring FEAR CLINIC. Based off of the FEARNET (RIP) series of the same name the full feature was the talk of festivals in 2014. 382 more words

Horror Movie Reviews

The Shoemaker's Holiday

The Shoemaker’s Holiday by Thomas Dekker is currently being revived at the Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Directed by Philip Breen, the RSC production is thankfully in contemporary dress (there have been rather too many modern-dress productions in the Swan that didn’t quite work) and is a solid afternoon’s entertainment. 196 more words


Enter the Dangerous Mind

The psychological thriller is one of cinema’s most reliable and entertaining genres. Characters riddled with mental problems can be the basis for fascinating stories and will certainly keep audiences on their toes. 489 more words

“THE LINES WE WRITE”: Middleton and Dekker's Co-Written Pamphlets

Suzanne Gossett ed., Thomas Middleton in Context, (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley eds., The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton… 2,948 more words