The Fair Maid of the Exchange


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Ferdinand, Anthony, and Frank all love Phyllis, but she only has eyes for the Cripple of Fenchurch. Her father, Flower, lends money to Bobbington and accepts a stolen diamond ring as security. Meanwhile, Mall Berry fends off unwanted attention from Bowdler, who tries to impress her by quoting Shakespeare…

The Society’s edition, prepared by P.H. Davison and A. Brown, reproduces the 1607 printing in type-facsimile. This was the play’s first and only substantive edition, and includes a doubling plan for eleven actors which is viable only for a group reading, not for a fully staged production. It was one of the first plays to be licensed for the press by Sir George Buc, the future Master of the Revels.

In 2014 we held a staged reading and symposium on The Fair Maid of the Exchange.

L-R: Constance Greenfield as Master Barnard, Jakub Boguszak as Master Bowdler, Tim Smith-Laing as Cripple and Sophie Duncan as Mall Berry. Photo credit: Jackie Watson.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 32 × 22 × 2 cm