Historic play will be worth the wait

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - STAGE -

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

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