Andy Kesson, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Vol.29 (2016) "This repertory study of the Queen's Servants is immensely detailed, carefully researched and full of generous doses of archival discoveries… [It] usefully revisits and rethinks a company that is, when not overlooked, … [Read More...]
Help us make the Red Bull Playhouse celebration happen
We’ve got a day-long celebration planned for 29 August 2018, which includes the unveiling of the plaque in Hayward’s Place, an exhibition about the life of the Red Bull, actors portraying 17th-century playhouse people and a reception where the local community, alongside students and scholars of early modern drama, can meet and engage with theatre history.
We’re fundraising for the whole-day event, which will be in the Crypt of St. James’s Church in the heart of Clerkenwell, so please visit the Red Bull Playhouse Crowdfunder page to contribute or gain a reward.
Red Bull Playhouse Plaque
Kate O’Toole, Dr. Griffith and Zenga Longmore in Dr. Griffith’s Red Bull Book Film
Dr. Griffith is pleased to announce that a plaque is to be erected on the site of the Red Bull playhouse. The plaque unveiling is to happen later this year. She would like to raise enough money for a grand plaque unveiling party with free Red Bull playhouse exhibition.
For details of how to help fund to this plaque unveiling event contact Dr. Griffith.
If you’d like to learn more about the Red Bull, a rival playhouse to Shakespeare’s Globe, you can purchase Dr. Griffith’s book.
2018: A Christopher Beeston Year
Guy Henry as Christopher Beeston in Dr. Griffith’s Red Bull Book Film
Dr. Griffith has designated 2018 a Christopher Beeston Year, as she ponders this actor, once a fellow with Shakespeare’s Chamberlain’s Men at the Curtain in Shoreditch. Instead of following this company to the Bankside Globe, Beeston joined Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester’s company, later to be given patronage by Queen Anna of Denmark, James I’s wife.
Beeston became an actor-manager of the Queen’s Servants’ company while at the Red Bull in St. John Street, Clerkenwell. This was in 1612 after the death of Thomas Greene, the company clown.
It was as a Queen Anna’s man that Christopher became the first to engender a playhouse in Drury Lane – an indoor playhouse, different to the Bull – the Cockpit Phoenix playhouse. This theatre was the first entertainment venue, therefore, in what we now term ‘The West End’.
A Jacobean Company and Its Playhouse
Dr. Griffith’s book tells the previously untold story of the Servants of Queen Anna of Denmark, a group of players parallel to Shakespeare’s King’s Men, and their London playhouse, The Red Bull. Griffith sets the playhouse in the historical context of the Seckford and Bedingfeld families and their connections to the site.
Tom Rutter, Early Modern Literary Studies, Vol.19 no.2 (2017) "Eva Griffith's book, which complements her previously published research on the [Red Bull] playhouse… should be a vital starting point for anyone working on the Red Bull and on the Queen's Men, who performed there until 1619.…Griffith … [Read More...]
Leeds Barroll, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2016 (Vol. 67, No.2, 282) "Certainly Griffith's book deserves to be ranked with other important studies of the drama of the Stuart era." … [Read More...]
Siobhan Keenan, Theatre Notebook, 2015 (Vol. 69, No. 1, 65-66) ...Based on a wealth of original archival research, Griffith’s book invites scholars to re-examine traditional assumptions about Queen Anna’s men. This includes drawing attention to the fact that the company did not confine itself to … [Read More...]