Historic play will be worth the wait
A 400-year-old play by one of Shakespeare’s contempories is set to be premiered in Kent in the place it was written. The play, Love’s Victory, was written by Lady Mary Wroth between 1617 and 1619 at Penshurst Place, near Tunbridge Wells, and is one of the earliest surviving comedies written by an Englishwoman. Lady Mary Wroth was the daughter of Robert Sidney and niece of Sir Philip Sidney and Mary Sidney Herbert, who transformed the literary landscape of the 16th and 17th centuries. Penshurst Place is still owned by the Sidney family today, who are direct descendants of Lady Mary Wroth.
The only complete copy of the five-act script is the Penshurst manuscript. Two ticketed performances will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 2pm and 7.30pm in the medieval Baron’s Hall at Penshurst Place. Tickets to both of Sunday’s performances are avilable online at online-payments.lancasteruniversity.co.uk