‘The Princess Zoubaroff’ by Ronald Firbank

The Princess Zoubaroff is a witty, subversive, and unbelievably suggestive play, far ahead of its time. Through razor-sharp dialogue and outrageous scenarios, Ronald Firbanks takes aim at all of the sacred cows of polite English society: matrimony, motherhood, religion, and sexuality. Enid and Eric are newlyweds, although neither is particularly happy with this new arrangement. […]

‘The Inconstant’ by George Farquhar

Subtitled “The Way to Win Him:, this play is placed in Paris – a change from many others of Farquhar’s plays which used English settings – though still presented to the same English audience. “This comedy … had a reception, on the first night of its appearance, far inferior to that of his other productions. […]

‘The Family of Love’ by Thomas Middleton

The Family of Love is an early Jacobean city comedy, first published in 1608. Published anonymously, the play was long attributed to Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, although more recent scholarship suggests that Lording Barry may be the sole author. The play satirises the supposed sexual lasciviousness of the Familia Caritatis or “Family of Love,” […]

‘Quality Street’ by J. M. Barrie

Two sisters living on Quality Street set up and run a school for children after the local doctor heads off to fight Napoleon. Ten years later he returns, thinking that all the adventures have been his, and that the old life in Quality Street has waited, as in a sleep, to be resumed on the […]

‘The String of Pearls’ by Unknown

Todd is a barber who murders his customers and turns their remains into meat pies, sold at the pie shop of his partner in crime: Mrs. Lovett; Todd’s barber shop is situated in Fleet Street, London, next to St. Dunstan’s church, and is connected to Lovett’s bakers shop in nearby Bell Yard by means of […]

‘The Castle Spectre’ by Matthew Lewis

Written by Gothic writer Matthew Lewis, whose novel The Monk is one of the most enduring Gothic works from the eighteenth century, The Castle Spectre is one of Lewis’ earliest forays into drama, and a strong indication of his talents as a controversial and frightening entertainer. Set in medieval Conway, Wales, the play is filled […]