Malone Society Conference 2023

We are delighted to announce that registration for this year’s Malone Society conference, on Mucedorus, is now open. 

This year the Malone Society conference is dedicated to the exhilarating A Most Pleasant Comedy of Mucedorus (c. 1591), arguably the most popular play of the English Renaissance. Reprinted almost twice as often as any other play in the period, Mucedorus is a romance boasting a prince disguised as a shepherd, a wild cannibal of the woods, and a man pursued by a bear. The play, originating in the early 1590s, was then revived in amplified form by the King’s Men, William Shakespeare’s own theatre company. This is the version that we will be staging as part of the event.

The conference will be held in the Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre at St Anne’s College, Oxford on Saturday 28th October.

The day will start with an introduction and a script-in-hand performance of the play, and, after the lunch break (own arrangements), we will have a series of academic sessions.

Speakers include Alison Findlay (Lancaster University), Kim Gilchrist (Cardiff University), Stephen Longstaffe (independent scholar, Lancaster), Richard Proudfoot (Emeritus, King’s College London), Jan Sewell (Open University), Alexander Thom (University of Leeds), and Martin Wiggins (The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon). The full programme will be confirmed soon.

Attendance is restricted to 80 people only, and registration costs £7.50 full price / £5 concessions. You can book to attend here.


If you have any queries, please contact Dr José A. Pérez Díez (University of Leeds), Events Organiser for the Malone Society: / @JoseAPerezDiez