Shakespeare's Sister
    By Emma Whipday

    19:30, Thu 23rd – Sat 25th February 2023 at Howard Theatre, Downing College
    Lent Week 5

    Downing College Freshers' Play

    "What would have happened had Shakespeare had a wonderfully gifted sister, called Judith, let us say...?" Virginia Woolf

    Judith Shakespeare has one ambition: to be a playwright. When her debt-ridden father forces her into an engagement, she runs away with the help of dashing actor Ned Alleyn, hoping to join her brother in London. But when Judith arrives in the plague-stricken capital, she finds her brother gone, Ned engaged to another, and her play refused.

    Judith and the players confront poverty in the midst of economic depression, in a society where women’s freedoms are curtailed, under a government confronting religious extremism in a climate of fear. Judith must choose between succumbing to social pressures, and following her dream, no matter what the cost.

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    Judith Shakespeare
    Richard Burbage ('Dick')
    Edward Alleyn ('Ned')
    Joan Henslowe
    Dorothy Clayton, Susannah Shakespeare
    Lucy Morgan
    Augustine Phillips ('Phil')
    Will Shakespeare
    Phillip Henslowe ('Henslowe')
    Thomas Egerton
    Mary Shakespeare, First Soldier
    John Shakespeare
    William Underhill
    Hamnet Shakespeare
    Jailor, Second Soldier

    Production Team

    Producer, Lighting Designer –
    Assistant Director
    Assistant Director, Costume Designer –
    Sound Designer
    Stage Manager
    Publicity Designer