This is the third volume of a detailed play-by-play catalogue of drama written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors during the 110 years between the English Reformation to the English Revolution. The catalogue covers every known play, extant and lost, including some which have never before been identified. It is based on a new, complete, and systematic survey of the whole of this body of work, and is presented in chronological order. Each entry contains comprehensiveinformation about a single play: its various titles, authorship, and date; a summary of its plot, a list of roles, and details of the human and geographical world in which the fictional action takes place; a list of sources, narrative and verbal, and a summary of its formal characteristics; details ofits staging requirements; and an account of its early stage and textual history. Volume III covers the years 1590-1597 and sees the start of Shakespeare's career as a dramatist.
Martin Wiggins is Senior Lecturer and Fellow, and Tutor for Research, at The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. From 1987-90 he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford. He has also taught at the University of Reading, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London, and The Roehampton Institute. His previous books include Journeymen in Murder (OUP, 1991) and Shakespeare and the Drama of His Time (OUP, 2000). He is Associate General Editor of Oxford English Drama and of The Philological Museum, and has edited Edward II (New Mermaids, 1997), Four Jacobean Sex Tragedies (OUP, 1998), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (New Mermaids, 2003), and A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays (OUP, 2008). In 2006, he won the Calvin and Rose G. Hoffman Prize for distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe.
Catherine Richardson is Reader in Renaissance Studies at the University of Kent. Her research focuses on the relationship between texts and the material experience of daily life in early modern England, on- and offstage. Previous publications include Domestic Life and Domestic Tragedy (Manchester University Press, 2006), Shakespeare and Material Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011), and she is editor of Clothing Culture 1350-1650 (Ashgate, 2004) and, with Tara Hamling, Everyday Objects: medieval and early modern material culture and its meanings (Ashgate, 2010).