Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wesward Ho!

by Thomas Dekker and John Webster, adapted by Perry Mills, and performed by 'Edward's Boys', King Edward VI School, Shakespeare's School.

Date: 10/03/12

Time: 19.30

Venue: Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London.

‘Edward’s Boys’ are heading “up West” – “Westward Ho!” was the regular cry of the Thames water taxi-men heading in a westerly direction. This year they are undertaking another Jacobean City Comedy. Westward Ho! is a play in which certain scenes really make sense (if at all) when performed by an all-boy company. It is only then that the audience is fully aware of the ironies and resonances implicit in the text.

In the course of the action certain characters employ this form of water transport in order to head out to Brentford (“Brainford” in the original). At the turn of the seventeenth century Brentford had the reputation of, perhaps, Brighton in the 1950s – somewhere men and women slipped off to get up to no good! Their short tour brings them to King’s College London under the sponsorship of the London Shakespeare Centre.

Tickets: £10 (£5.00 for registered King's students)

For tickets please telephone Sarah Jervis on 01789 293351 or email


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