The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Cast: 4f 12m plus extras

Royalty Free: You do not need to apply for rights to perform this play.

Series: Drama Classics
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781854596246Publication Date:
26 Oct 2001
Size: 160mm x 106mm£4.99 £3.99You save £1.00 (20%)
First Staged:
c.1607

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

By Francis Beaumont

Paperback £4.99£3.99

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Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a five-act satire on chivalric romances, generally considered the earliest whole parody (or pastiche) play in English.

The play's structure is that of a play within a play. The intended performance of The London Merchant - the tale of an apprentice's efforts to win the hand of his master's daughter - is interrupted by a request from the audience to stage the story of a heroic grocer who kills a lion with a pestle. Rafe is dragged from the audience to play this hero. Both stories get muddled up and the conventions of theatre get thoroughly mauled.

The play was first performed at Blackfriars Theatre, London, in 1607.

This edition in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series is edited and introduced by Colin Counsell.

Cast: 4f 12m plus extras

Royalty Free: You do not need to apply for rights to perform this play.

Series: Drama Classics
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 128 pages ISBN: 9781854596246Publication Date:
26 Oct 2001
Size: 160mm x 106mm£4.99 £3.99You save £1.00 (20%)
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