Ben Jonson and Theatre is an investigation and celebration of Jonson's plays from the point of view of the theatre practitioner as well as the teacher. Reflecting the increasing interest in the wider field of Renaissance drama, this book bridges the theory/practice divide by debating how Jonson's drama operates in performance. Ben Jonson and Theatre includes:
* discussions with and between practitioners
* essays on the staging of the plays
* edited transcripts of interviews with contemporary practitioners
The volume includes contributions from Joan Littlewood, Sam Mendes, John Nettles, Simon Russell Beale and Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-winning actor for Shine.

chapter |4 pages


chapter |14 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Ben Jonson and the theatre (as it is and as it might be)

part |2 pages

Part II Working with Jonson

chapter 6|8 pages


chapter 7|8 pages

First encounters

chapter 8|12 pages

Jonson as Shakespeare’s Other

chapter 9|10 pages


chapter 10|16 pages

The gift of silence

part |2 pages

Part III Marginalised Jonsons

chapter 11|2 pages


chapter 12|26 pages

Daughters of Ben

chapter 13|12 pages

‘Twill fit the players yet’

chapter 14|14 pages

Jonson down under