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Long Dead: The Knight of the Burning Pestle

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Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Written by Francis Beaumont
First performed in 1607
Directed by Karen Machon

While watching a play called The London Merchant, a Citizen Grocer in the audience and his wife demand that their apprentice, Rafe, be included as an actor, and in ever larger parts, necessitating that the play develop the plot as it moves along.

When a young Noël Coward starred as Rafe in this play in London’s West End in 1920, The Times called it “the jolliest thing in London.”

$15 at the door

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The ISC’s exciting new program called Long Dead But Well Read is modeled on a program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London called Read not Dead, in which actors convene on a morning, rehearse a play by a contemporary of Shakespeare’s during the day, and present the play in the late afternoon, script in hand.

The performances are instinctive, adrenaline driven, and inventive. Actors and audiences alike share in the excitement of reviving these forgotten plays that definitely deserve to be Read Not Dead. —Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre