Bartholomew Fair
    By Ben Jonson

    17:00, Thu 23rd June 2005 at Maria Bjornson Theatre, Robinson College
    Easter May Week

    . . . in the year 1850 ... there was not any Fair left worth a Mayor's proclaiming. After that year, therefore, no Mayor accompanied the gentleman whose duty it was to read a certain form of words out of a certain parchment under a quiet gateway. . . . Bartholomew Fair was proclaimed for the last time in the year 1855.

    John Timbs, Curiosities of London, 1867

    "A pimp and a scab?"

    Marlowe 100: a century of drama 1907-2007

    To kick of its Centenary celebrations, the Marlowe Society brings you its 2005 May Week Play... BARTHOLOMEW FAIR, by Ben Jonson

    For One Glorious Day Only, Cambridge will play Smithfield and revive the infamous Bartholomew Fair, 150 years after it was last proclaimed by the Lord Mayor. In a Wild, sprawling promenade production of Jonson's 1614 play of the same name, Willing Audiences and Unsuspecting Tourists alike will mingle with Vagabonds, Toysellers, Puritans, Puppeteers, Prostitutes, Pickpockets, Morris Men, Fortune Tellers, Hobby Horses and the whole Gin-Soaked cacophony of Hog-Roasts and Boisterous Exuberants...

    "It is not profane!"

    FROM 5pm join us for a Juggling Spectacular, Morris Men, Live Music and a Wrestling Tournament - featuring Puppy the Wrestler! Ursla's Booth and Roast Pig Establishment will provide Food and Drink all evening, whilst Punk Alice will be on Hand to Satisfy your most Carnal Longings

    AT 6.30pm stay with us for the MAIN FEATURE - Mr Benjamin Jonson's play, Bartholomew Fair - performed by the Most excellent Marlowe Society Players, and starring Puppy the Wrestler!

    All for the Bargain price of £10 (£8.50 students and concessions), with Hog Roast and Free Drinks at Ursla's Booth thrown in For Good Measure. EMAIL Bella Watts ( to reserve tickets - and Hurry! Places are limited and they won't last long! BOOK NOW to avoid crushing disappointment.

    "The wares are the wares of devils; and the whole Fair is the shop of Satan!"

    This production is kindly hosted by Robinson College, in association with The Brickhouse Theatre Company


    John Littlewit, a proctor
    Win Littlewit, his wife
    Dame Purecraft, her mother and a widow
    Zeal-of-the-Land Busy, her suitor, a Banbury man
    Winwife, his rival, a gentleman
    Quarlous, his companion, a gamester
    Bartholomew Cokes, an esquire of Harrow
    Adam Overdo, a Justice of the Peace
    Dame Overdo, his wife
    Lantern Leatherhead, a hobby-horse seller
    Joan Trash, a gingerbread seller
    Ezekiel Edgworth, a cutpurse
    Nightingale, a ballad-singer
    Ursla, a pig-woman
    Mooncalf, her tapster
    Captain Whit, a bawd
    Punk Alice, mistress o' the game
    Trouble-All, a madman
    Haggis, a watchman
    Bristle, a watchman
    Corncutter/Val Cutting
    Puppy, a wrestler
    Humphrey Wasp, his man
    Jordan Knockem, a horse-courser and ranger o' Turnbull
    Pocher/Filcher/Sharkwell, a doorkeeper

    Production Team

    Stage Manager
    Director/Designer – ,
    TD/LD –
    Publicity Manager
    Pig Man –
    Puppet Maker – , ,
    Puppet Adviser –