This month’s featured new production from the Touchstone listing of performances of Shakespeare and Renaissance plays (www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk) is:
The Lady’s Trial by John Ford performed by Edward’s Boys from King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Following their great success with Gallatea in 2014 Edward’s Boys are performing Ford’s last play which was first performed by Beeston’s Boys at the Cockpit Theatre in 1638.
A production was seen by Samuel Pepys in 1669 who pronounced it ‘a sorry play’ and it has been neglected since the Restoration.
Set during the Turkish war The Lady’s Trial has intertwining love-plots culminating in the trial of Spinella, the wrongly accused wife. It has hints of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing as well as other Ford plays.
The production is touring to several venues:
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 12 March; Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall, 13 March (01922 720696); King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 – 15 March;
If this whets your appetite for more Ford, Shakespeare’s Globe is featuring several of his plays in their Read not Dead season of staged readings and there are full productions coming soon to the Globe and the RSC.
Keep up to date with UK Shakespeare and Renaissance productions at www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk.