Lauch of The Aphrodysial

We’re delighted to invite you to the online launch of our 2022 annual volume  on Saturday 25 February at 2pm GMT! The Malone Society and Reading Early Plays will be hosting an online reading of William Percy’s The Aphrodysial to mark the launch of Maria Shmygol‘s new edition of the play. At the undersea court of King … Read more

Malone Society Conference: The Devil is an Ass

The Malone Society is proud to present our 2021 online conference. This year we will be turning to Ben Jonson’s comedy The Devil Is an Ass, one of his best loved, most enduring, and funniest creations. The day will start with an introductory lecture by James Loxley (Professor of English, University of Edinburgh), followed by … Read more

Book Orders and New Memberships Suspended

The Coronavirus outbreak in the UK means that we are currently unable to access our stock until at least 1 June. We have therefore closed our online shop. Any orders that were received in the week commencing 23 March will be sent out as soon as we are able to do so. You can still … Read more

Be our Valentine

The Society are delighted to offer as a gift for Valentine’s day some extracts from our Collections volumes. Click here to read a scandalous play performed at St Paul’s School in 1584 and a set of records of performance at New Romney, Kent, stretching from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century and featuring a motley … Read more

Doctor Faustus 1616: A Bibliographical Mystery Solved

The Malone Society is delighted to announce the publication of its 2019 volume, an edition of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus 1616 by Professor Chiaki Hanabusa of Keio University, Tokyo. Like its companion volume, Doctor Faustus 1604 (2018), this is a full-colour 1:1 reproduction of the base text, the only surviving copy of Q4 in the British Library (C.34.d.26). Together, … Read more

2019 Conference: The Roman Actor

The Malone Society is proud to host its 2019 conference at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 6 July. This year we focus on Philip Massinger’s powerful creation, The Roman Actor. The play, which premiered in 1626, is one of Massinger’s crucial achievements as a dramatist, a piece full of dark humour and metatheatrical … Read more

Plays in Focus: George a Greene

This is the first of a series of guest blogs focusing on plays from our back catalogue. George a Greene, which appears to have been first performed by Sussex’s Men around 1587-92, was published by the Society in 1911, in a type facsimile of the 1599 quarto edition prepared by F. W. Clarke. It is … Read more

Call for Editions: Fletcher400

In 2025, the Malone Society plans to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the death of John Fletcher by publishing an edition of the surviving manuscript of one of his plays. Two important manuscripts are as yet unpublished, The Elder Brother (British Library Egerton MS 1994, ff. 2r-29r) and Beggars’ Bush (Folger Shakespeare Library, MS J.b.5), and … Read more

Antonio’s Revenge: A One-Day Conference

The Playhouse Lab, the Oxford Marston, and The Malone Society present John Marston’s Antonio’s Revenge: a one-day conference Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds Saturday, 7 July 2018 This one-day conference will focus on Marston’s riveting revenge tragedy, an unfairly neglected jewel of late Elizabethan drama which resonates with Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other classic revenge tragedies of the … Read more

Performances in the Clifford Household

This is a guest blog-post by Professor C.E. McGee, who was the recipient of the Colin Baldwin Fellowship for 2017 for his work on the Records of Early English Drama (REED).   The Emerging Picture of Performances in the Clifford Household Thanks to a grant from the Malone Society, I had the opportunity to spend several … Read more