Edward’s Boys swap the stage for the screen in BBC Four documentary

In an exciting new collaboration, Edward’s Boys have taken part in a BBC Four documentary on the shocking true story of children kidnapped from the streets of Elizabethan London to perform on the stage. The documentary sheds light on the gripping tale of a child abducted from the streets of Elizabethan London, and how his father fought to get him back. Presented by acclaimed children’s author and academic, Katherine Rundell, this intriguing tale is set behind the scenes in the golden age of Shakespeare, and provides a glimpse into the lives of children long before they were thought to have rights. 
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2018 productions now available on DVD

DVDs of live performances of The Woman in the Moon (April 2018) and When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys (June 2018) are now available on DVD. Please click here to go to the shop to order your copy.
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Review: When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys

The year 1600 was the first in many that avid theatregoers had the choice of going to see not one, but two, professional all-boy troupes: the Children of Paul’s (1599-1606), who worked, predictably, out of a small indoor playhouse in the cloisters of Paul’s Cathedral, and the Children of the Chapel/Revels/Blackfriars/Queen’s Revels (1600-1613; they had a bit of an identity crisis), who occupied a larger venue in the Blackfriars. The companies were united in their experimental nature, their inventive approach to playwriting and performance, and, if the plays written for them are anything to go by, their shared possession of
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Edward’s Boys on tour in London: last few tickets remaining!

  After a final day of rehearsals, Edward’s Boys are about to embark on their latest tour, When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys. The company is excited to be performing at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 25th of June and at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Tuesday 26th of June; these two glorious venues will be the setting for an educational, and quite possibly extraordinary, evening. Tickets for Monday’s performance sold out rapidly, but a small number of tickets still remain for Tuesday’s performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Please click here for more information, and to catch the last performance of
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When Paul’s Boys Met Edward’s Boys

After several years’ gestation, the collaboration between St Paul’s Choristers and Edward’s Boys eventually happened! On June 25th and 26th respectively the two performances (at St Paul’s and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) played to packed houses. A moment(s) of history!  “It really was the most moving and delightful experience to be able to realise our vision of a joint enterprise – and the result was quite magnificent!” Michael Hampel Precentor, St Paul’s Cathedral   More photos of the production, as well as an extract from the DVD will be made available shortly
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Review: The Woman in the Moon

A 16th century Feminine Mystique…  From the perspective of a KES English teacher, watching Edward’s Boys plays is a revelation, not least because smaller pupils of my acquaintance have swapped their KES blazers for a Shottery blouse and skirt, but because they reveal just what real interpretation is about: performance. It strikes me that The Woman in the Moon is a text particularly suited to this purpose. At its core, it is of course an exploration of femininity and what it means to be a woman; these are undoubtedly questions young men at a boys’ school need to explore. But
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Review: The Woman in the Moon

Edward’s Boys, under the direction of Perry Mills, might well be said to be victims of their own success. Their series of productions of early modern plays designed for performance by juvenile troupes have consistently delighted audiences with their inventiveness and panache, while affording academics and theatre practitioners a range of insights into a largely neglected body of work. The success of each production, from The Dutch Courtesan at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008 to Summer’s Last Will and Testament at the Sam Wanamaker theatre last year, have raised ever higher expectations with the passage of time, and the pressures upon
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The Woman in the Moon returns!

After playing in Stratford, Oxford, and London, Edward’s Boys return with another performance of The Woman in the Moon at the Playbox Theatre in Warwick at 7pm on Wednesday 28thMarch. Reviews on the play have ranged from ‘wig-tastic’ to simply one of ‘the most tremendous Early Modern productions in Stratford-upon-Avon’. If you missed it first time round, or want a second viewing, please click here for tickets.  
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Review: Summer’s Last Will and Testament

On 30th September 2017, forty-two boys from the King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon filled the Great Hall at the Old Palace School in Croydon with colour, music and laughter. Directed by their English teacher, Perry Mills, they revived Thomas Nashe’s sole-authored play-cum-pageant in the same venue for which it was originally written and where it was first performed to entertain John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, in autumn 1592.  This extraordinary all-boy company, who have been staging plays from the repertory of early modern boys’ companies to great critical and popular acclaim since 2005, had already performed Nashe’s play at
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