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Edward III and the Black Prince (14thc., Anon). Picture and data courtesy of the Yorck Project, under Creative Commons Attribution-Share- Alike License (Wikipedia)
STAGING KING EDWARD III
Increasingly this anonymous play is believed to be at least partly by Shakespeare. It certainly contains the last line from his Sonnet 94: "Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds." The king's attempted seduction of the Countess of Salibury in the first two acts is generally felt to be Shakespearean in tone and style. Later, the father/son relationship of Edward III and the Black Prince anticipates effects in Henry IV's treatment of his son Prince Hal, and there is even a northern youth akin to Hotspur, who with-holds his Scottish prisoners. The script may have dropped from visibility during the reign of the Scottish-born King James 1 because of its anti-Scottish tone. Editions of the play now appear in the Oxford, Cambridge, and Arden single-Shakespeare-play series. The R.S.C.'s 2002 production was well received. HMR
Billington, Michael, Edward III [RSC production, 2002, Director: Anthony Clark] Guardian , London, @6 April 2002, p.16; 27 ap[ril, 2002, p. 17.
Brown, Langdon, [Edward III, RSC production, Gielgud Theatre, 2003] Theatre Journal, 55.4 (2003) 714-5.
Clark, Anthony, director, Edward III . R.S.C. production, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4/10-9/14/02; Gielgud Theatre, London, 12/24/02-3/22/03.
Duncan Jones, Katherine. Edward III [RSC production, 2002, Director: Anthony Clark] TLS 3 May 2002.
Gross, John, Edward III [RSC production, 2002, Director: Anthony Clark], Sunday Telegraph, 28 April, 2002.
Jackson, MacD. P., "Edward III, Shakespeare and Pembroke's Men," Notes & Queries, Vol. 210 (1965) 329-31.
Kahan, Jeffrey. "Edward III" [on National American Theatre production] Shakespeare Bulletin, 22.2 (Summer, 2004) 130-2.
Potter, Lois, Edward III [RSC production, 2002, Director: Anthony Clark] Shakespeare Quarterly 54 (20030 87-96.
Stodder, Joseph H., "The Raigne of King Edward III" [Shakespeare Society of America, Globe Theatre, Los Angeles CA, 23 July-17 August 1986], Shakespeare Quarterly 38 (1986) 243-8.
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