Script-in-hand readings with the Playhouse Lab

Explore the fascinating drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through unrehearsed script-in-hand performances.

The School of English’s Playhouse Lab has confirmed its script-in-hand performances for semester 1, 2019.

The Playhouse Lab assemble in the evening to distribute roles and scripts of sixteenth and seventeenth-century plays, and attempt to perform the text with no prior rehearsal.

“We take an interval for refreshments in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere,” explains Dr Jane Rickard, Associate Professor in Seventeenth-Century English Literature. “Everyone is welcome to attend, whether just to watch or to read a role – no experience is required.”

This semester’s performances include:

The Jew of Malta

Thursday 10 October, 5.30pm

Measure for Measure

Thursday 24 October, 5.30pm

The Faun

Thursday 7 November, 5.30pm

The Lover’s Melancholy

Thursday 21 November, 5.30pm

The Rover

Monday 2 December, 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.