The Dutch Courtesan - A 17th century Jacobean comedy seldom seen on the modern stage is undergoing a thoroughly modern re-working with the help of students from the University of York.

Posted on 29 May 2013

One of the greatest Jacobean comedies, John Marston’s masterpiece weaves together tales of sexual obsession, clever con-tricks, and radical freethinking into a striking plot which leads two of its characters to the foot of the gallows.

The Dutch Courtesan

From Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 June 2013 John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan will be staged at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. This is the latest in a continuing series of productions of plays from the early modern repertoire there. The Dutch Courtesan website has been created, both to track the Marston production as it develops from pre-rehearsal preparation to public performance, and to host a conversation about the play between an international team of scholars, who have been invited to contribute thought pieces about Marston’s extraordinary comedy, which will, we hope, in their turn provoke responses from others.