The Dolphin's Back rescued two forgotten plays from the 1590's carrying them back into 21st century performance
We brought Christopher Marlowe's final, brutal play, The Massacre at Paris, to The Rose Playhouse on Bankside, the site of its very first performance just four months before his murder in 1593. An explosive mix of power, religion and sex, this was England's first professional run of Marlowe's brutal masterpiece for four centuries.
"bloody, gutsy and remorseless"
after full houses, and lot of confetti, we brought it back for a second run.
Joining it in our Autumn Season at The Rose Playhouse was John Lyly's astrological sex comedy The Woman in the Moon. First performed sometime around 1590 in front of Queen Elizabeth I, this was also the first professional run in over 400 years. It proved another hit, selling out, and showed Lyly's extraordinary, funny and beautiful play could still delight and amaze audiences today.
" goandseeitifyoucan "
The Dolphin's Back staged work by playwright and poet Samuel Daniel at the Britten Theatre in South Kensington, alongside music by his brother John Danyel, the first time the pair's work has been presented together.
In association with University College London, Oxford University
& the Royal College of Music.
Over the next two years we will be exploring the beginnings of professional theatre with the AHRC funded Before Shakespeare project.