Episode 21

Thomas Dekker: London's Playwright

Published on: 16th October, 2023

Episode 108:

The second part of the story of Thomas Dekker and his works

'Old Fortunas' - Dekker's first known play

‘The Honest Whore’, a good example of what was good and bad in Dekker’s work.

‘The Civil Wars in France’ - three parts, an introduction and a bit of a mystery.

Dekker's debt to the Lord Chamberlin's Men and rescue by Henslowe.

How Henslowe's Diary shows Dekker's incredible work rate.

The Play of Sir Thomas Moore - including a word on Shakespeare's contribution.

'The Shoemaker's Holiday', Dekker's best surviving work

The Bishop's Ban of 1599 and a theatrical spat.

Dekker's account of the failure of 'The Whore of Babylon'.

Later works, the Lord Mayor's pageant and prison.

Last years and death in poverty.

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The History Of European Theatre
A more or less chronological history of the development and practice of theatre
A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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Ex-publishing and accounting professional. Rookie Podcaster, but learning fast. Loves all things Theatre and History.