Friday, September 13, 2013


For the first time in 400 years, John Lyly’s witty & courtly love pastoral:
Love’s Metamorphosis
Directed by Cecilia Dorland
Produced by Leonie Scott-Matthews

“I do not think Love hath any spark of divinity in him.
What reason have we, then, to follow its fading delights with such passion?”

Love’s Metamorphosis is a witty love comedy written by John Lyly in the closing years of the 16th century. Two Olympian gods are at war – this time over Love. Three amorous foresters find their advances repeatedly spurned by the objects of their affections – the nymphs belonging to the goddess of the harvest, Ceres. Disheartened, they seek the help of Cupid to win over their loves.

While Lyly’s play remains fast-paced and entertaining to the very end, it is also surprisingly modern in its complex female characters and timeless exploration of the art of love.

Cecilia Dorland is directing an ensemble cast who have previously worked in productions at the Globe, Roundhouse, Pleasance and Greenwich Theatre. Cecilia has directed and assistant-directed numerous classical pieces. She is an expert on John Lyly and Renaissance drama and was a researcher at Shakespeare’s Globe.

For press information and reviewing tickets please contact the Pentameters Theatre on Telephone 020 7435 3648Email:

Pentameters’ Theatre, 28 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE
Dates: Tuesday 10th  - Sunday 29th September 2013
Times: Mon - Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm.
Prices:  £12 / £10 Concessions
Booking: Box Office – 0207 435 3648

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Essex: The cultural impact of an Elizabethan courtier

One-Day Symposium
Saturday 26th October, 12-4.30pm
Sheffield Hallam University, Cantor Building, City Campus
Please contact to register

This one-day symposium marks the publication of a new collection of essays about the life and cultural impact of Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex. It brings together scholars who have been involved with the collection and whose research continues to engage with some of the issues and questions raised by their work for the volume. The papers will consider a selection of the diverse visual and textual manifestations of Essex and his circle in poetry and portraiture, as well as in texts produced by the earl himself.
There is no registration fee and refreshments will be provided, but we do require you to e-mail us in advance to book a place:
12 noon - Arrival and Coffee
Room 9003
12.15 – Session One
12.15 - Welcome and Opening Remarks – Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

12.30 '"Mine excuse must only be the worthiness of former precedents": Gervase Markham’s English Arcadia and the Earl of Essex's Sidneian Inheritance'. Richard Wood (Sheffield Hallam University)

1.15 Lunch

2.15 – 3.15pm – Session Two

'More Poetry by the Earl of Essex?' Hugh Gazzard (St. Hugh’s College, Oxford)

'From Imitation to Counterfeit: Essex’s hand in correspondence'. Andrew Gordon (University of Aberdeen).

3.15-3.30pm - Coffee

'"Still renewing wronges": Gheeraert's Persian Lady Revealed'. Chris Laoutaris (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) and Yasmin Arshad (University College London)

4.30pm Closing Remarks and conclusion of Symposium
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