Summer’s Last Will and Testament

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We are delighted to announce performances of Thomas Nashe’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Edward’s Boys, directed by Perry Mills – in association with The Thomas Nashe Project.

This rarely performed comedy (?) or tragedy (?) or “shewe” (?) is part pageant, part allegory, part musical. Nashe’s only solo-authored drama, it is performed by a boys’ company for the first time since its original performance.

The company will be experimenting with different performance spaces, from their home in King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, and finally in the Great Hall of the Old Palace School in Croydon, where the premiere took place in autumn 1592 in the presence of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury.


Summer’s Last Will and Testament

by Thomas Nashe (1592)

All performances begin at 7.00pm

Tuesday 26th September – Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School CV37 6BE

Full price: £10; Concessions: £6
Book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kes

Wednesday 27th September – Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School CV37 6BE

Full price: £10; Concessions: £6
Book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kes

Friday 29th September – The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Full price: £30; Standing: £10
Book online at www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/productions/edwards-boys

Saturday 30th September – The Great Hall, The Old Palace School, Croydon CR0 1AX

(By invitation only)


The Thomas Nashe Project is an ambitious project of scholarly editing, contracted by Oxford University Press: 6 volumes of all of Nashe’s known writings, as well as dubia, with detailed annotation that takes account of advances in our understanding of the 16th century over the last 30 years; a new glossary that makes use of the e-search tools at our disposal; and extensive analysis and commentary.

In addition to the new edition ‘The Thomas Nashe Project’ will be holding events from 2017. These will include performances, public readings, and academic conferences. The project will also be making multi-media resources about Nashe available on their website: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/thethomasnasheproject/