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  • Written by Martial Rose
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On Sale: September 19, 2012
Pages: 560 | ISBN: 978-0-385-53727-8
Published by : Doubleday Knopf
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Four hundred years ago the medieval mystery plays, presented each year in various English villages to teach the stories of the Bible to the illiterate population, were the great classic English dramas. Queen Elizabeth I banned these plays because she considered them Roman Catholic, and since then the texts have been available only to scholars.
In this volume, Martial Rose has restored the most dramatic collection of these plays—the cycle presented annually by the town of Wakefield—to the modern reader in complete, acting versions of the original text, with notes on their production and staging.
The thirty-two plays of the Wakefield cycle, written during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, go from the Creation to the Last Judgement, covering every important event in the Old and New Testaments. The anonymous authors, it is now clear, had not only a deep dedication to their subject, but also a keen sense of the theatre. Humor, horror, and sharp earthly details are mingled with admonitions to the audience and religious devotion. The plays are both lively and moving in their own right, and important links in the history of drama.
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Martial Rose was graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, and since 1925 has been Senior Lecturer in English and Drama at Bretton Hall, a West Riding Teachers’ Training College. In 1958 Mr. Rose produced at Bretton Hall twenty of the thirty-two plays of the Wakefield cycle. The following year he took a sabbatical at the University of Leeds, where he did research on the staging of the cycle, and subsequently he produced a shortened version in London.

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