Shakespeare's Staging
Sir Thomas More
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The part of the "foul papers" from Sir Thomas More likely to be in Shakespeare's handwriting. Courtesy of the British Library.

STAGING SIR THOMAS MORE

This anonymous play, dated by W. W. Greg about 1593 (but later by some), survives only in a damaged manuscript, revised after censorship by the Master of the Revels, which contains five distinct additions in different scripts from the first draft, of which the fourth "D" is generally held to be in Shakespeare's handwriting (see above). In this scene More pacifies a xenophobic mob. The whole script was staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005 and the ascription of the supposed Shakespeare parts was found plausible. HMR

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Greg, W. W., ed. Sir Thomas More. Oxford: Oxford University Press & Malone Society, 1911.

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McDermott, Kristen. "Sejanus: His Fall; and Sir Thomas More." Review of Sejanus and Sir Thomas More, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, 2005. Theatre Journal 58, no. 1 (March 2006): 127-131.

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Mullini, Roberta. "The Book of Sir Thomas More and Its Performance." In "Divers toyes mengled": Essays on Medieval and Renaissance Culture in Honor of André Lascombes, edited by Michel Bitot, 211-28. Tours: Publication de l'Université François Rabelais, 1996.

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