Introduction: Why Does Marston Matter?
In 2002, Dominic Cooke directed John Marston’s The Malcontent for the Royal Shakespeare Company, but throughout rehearsals he found it hard to get a clear sense of the play and how it worked. In a 2006 interview with The Guardian, he recalled, ‘Suddenly we did the first preview and discovered: it’s a comedy! None of us had seen it before — we’d had no idea.’1
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- 2.Marston’s authorship of Histriomastix has been disputed by Rosalyn Knutson in ‘Histrio-Mastix: Not By John Marston’, Studies in Philology 98 (2001): pp. 359–77. Knutson’s argument is discussed in Chapter 1.Google Scholar
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