Script-in-hand readings with the Playhouse Lab

Explore the fascinating drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through unrehearsed readings.

The School of English’s Playhouse Lab returns this year with a new programme of online, script-in-hand performances.

Dr José A. Pérez Díez: “The process is simple: we distribute roles and scripts among volunteers via email before assembling on Zoom in the evening.”

A performance of The Fawn from Novembver 2019. Photo credit: Brett Greatley-Hirsch.

A performance of The Fawn from November 2019. Photo credit: Brett Greatley-Hirsch.

“We then attempt to perform a play with no prior rehearsal. We take an interval and reconvene shortly after. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly – everyone is welcome to attend, whether just to watch or to read a role – no experience is required.”

This year’s performances include:

Scenes from Henry IV

Wednesday 14 October, 5.30pm

The Dutch Courtesan

Wednesday 28 October, 5.30pm

The Roaring Girl

Wednesday 11 November, 5.30pm

Scenes from Volpone

Wednesday 25 November, 5.30pm

The Devil is an Ass

Wednesday 9 December, 5.30pm

Scenes focusing on women in Richard III

Wednesday 10 February, 5.30pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wednesday 2 March, 5.30pm

The Woman’s Prize with the University Library

Wednesday 24 March, 5.30pm

Julius Caesar

Wednesday 28 March, 5.30pm


To sign up for a part, please email The Playhouse Lab at

For more information visit

The Playhouse Lab is a project coordinated by Dr José A. Pérez Díez.