Mansfield College, Oxford, Monday 29 August to Friday 9 September 2022

This event is an opportunity to read, in close juxtaposition, the entire dramatic canon of
Marlowe, and its hinterland: the seven plays at its core, a number of others that have been
attributed to him (with varying degrees of tendentiousness), and a selection of plays that influenced or were influenced by him, two of them written or completed during the six months or so after his death in May 1593. (There will be a separate online reading of the B-text of Doctor Faustus, a revision which dates from nine years later.) The readings will be more or less in chronological order.

The event will take place over two weeks, Monday to Friday, in the Old Bar at Mansfield
College, Oxford
(or outdoors if fine). We will read in the mornings and afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and afternoons and evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be an option to watch or participate online, but in-person attendance is recommended if feasible.


The College may be able to offer accommodation to participants at a competitive rate. Please email Deborah Stewart at Mansfield College to book accommodation. 

Admission Fee

Admission is free of charge to REP members, editorial contributors to the Oxford edition of the works of Marlowe, and current students and staff of Mansfield College. All others are welcome; the admission fee is £5 per day or £40 for the whole fortnight.





If you are coming to a specific session and would like to read, it would be helpful if you could let Polly know in advance. 



The Schedule

If you own a copy of the play being read, please bring it along with you. Texts will be provided for plays not written by Marlowe or Shakespeare, and for the two Shakespeare plays that we will be reading in non-Folio versions.

29 August:
10.30: Tamburlaine
2.30: The Spanish Tragedy (Kyd)

30 August:
2.30: Alphonsus, King of Aragon (Greene) TEXT: Alphonsus, King of Aragon
7.30: Tamburlaine 2

31 August:
10.30: Endymion (Lyly) TEXT: Endymion
2.30: The Wounds of Civil War (Lodge) TEXT: The Wounds of Civil War

1 September:
2.30: Doctor Faustus (A-Text)
7.30: The Battle of Alcazar (Peele) TEXT: The Battle of Alcazar

2 September:
10.30: Dido, Queen of Carthage
2.30: Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (Greene) TEXT: Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

5 September:
10.30: The Jew of Malta
2.30: 1 The Contention between York and Lancaster (Shakespeare)
to be followed by the REP Annual General Meeting

6 September:
2.30: 2 The Contention between York and Lancaster (Shakespeare)
7.20: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)

7 September:
10.30: Harry VI (Nashe and collaborator; later revised by Shakespeare)
2.30: Edward II

8 September:
2.30: Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare, completing Peele)
7.30: The Massacre at Paris

9 September:
10.30: Edward III (including Shakespeare)
2.30: Richard III (Shakespeare)