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19:00 - 20:30 21 March 2014

The Tragedy of Thomas Merry


Jeremy Bentham Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Professor Tiffany Stern, Professor of Early Modern Drama, University of Oxford, Professor Stern is the Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford. She works on theatre history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, book history and editing; she specialises in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, particularly Jonson, Brome, Middleton and Nashe, and also writes on seventeenth and eighteenth century playwrights and editors, including Wycherley, Farquhar, Sheridan, Theobald and Johnson. This research production of 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' is staged using Elizabethan rehearsal practices; it is therefore based upon, and inspired by, Professor Stern's research.
Dr Freyja Cox Jensen, Lecturer in History, University of Exeter, Dr Freyja Cox Jensen is the producer of 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry'; she is also playing the role of Merry. She read Ancient and Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford, from 2002-2005, before going on to complete an MSt and DPhil there. After a year spent as a Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford, she returned to Christ Church in 2010 to take up a Junior Research Fellowship, before taking up her post at Exeter in 2012. Her research interests centre on the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Britain and Europe, especially the reception of the classics. She is currently working on projects exploring the classical book trade in early modern Europe and the Stationer's Company in Elizabethan and early Stuart England.
Emma Whipday, PhD Candidate in English, UCL, Emma Whipday is the director of 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry'. She is an AHRC-funded PhD Candidate at UCL, where she gave the 2013 annual endowed Celia Phillips Lecture. Her thesis looks at the relationship between Shakespeare's tragedies and the genre of domestic tragedy. As an undergraduate, she studied English Literature and Language at Oxford. She recently directed a Jacobean-style production of Samuel Daniel's 'The Tragedie of Cleopatra', with the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges. Her research into 'The Tragedy of Thomas Merry' began when she organised a reading of the never-performed play as an AHRC IPS Fellow at the Huntington Library (Spring, 2013), which holds one of the few surviving copies of the play.

UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges presents a performance of ‘The Tragedy of Thomas Merry’ from Robert Yarrington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies (1601).

‘The Tragedy of Thomas Merry’ is a gory Elizabethan domestic tragedy based on a ‘true crime’: the 1594 murder of London shopkeeper Master Beech by his neighbour, Master Merry. It will be staged by professional actors and UCL students, using Elizabethan rehearsal practices, and will be accompanied by an onstage lutenist.

The performance will be preceded by a talk by Professor Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford), and will be introduced by the director, Emma Whipday (UCL), and the producer, Dr Freyja Cox Jensen (University of Exeter).

Tickets are free, but space is limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment!


Emma Whipday
emma.whipday.10@ucl.ac.uk / twolamentabletragedies@gmail.com


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