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SUMMARY The Famous History of the Knight of the Burning Pestle 107 ☆ 'Let him kill a lion with a pestle husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle'So exclaims the Grocer's wife who with her husband and servants is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform Peeved at the f'Let him kill a lion with a pestle husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle'So exclaims the Grocer's wife who with her husband and servants is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform Peeved at the fact that all the plays they see are satires on the lives and values of London's citizenry the Grocer and his wife interrupt and demand a play that instead contains chivalric uests and courtly lov. In the beginning I thought I would see a play within a play then it switched to a knight's tale and towards the end a kidnapping story This play was bonkers

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E What's they nominate their apprentice Rafe to take on the hero's role of the knight in this entirely new playThe author Francis Beaumont ends up not just satirising the grocers' naive taste for romance but parodying his own example of citizen comedy This play within a play becomes a pastiche of contemporary plays that scorned those who were not courtiers or at least gentlemen or ladies Like Cervantes in Don uixote Beaumont exposes the folly of t. I have little idea what to say about this play I've seen it twice now at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse the indoor theatre at Shakespeare's Globe in London and it is the most hilarious thing ever I think it might be my favourite theatrical experience certainly it is the funniest play I've seen and very very clever too That it was originally written 400 years ago just boggles my mind 'Early modern post modern' I dubbed it and my sis approved I enjoyed reading the play and there's certainly plenty of good things on the page But I think its brilliance is in the scope it allows for a humdinger of a performance I guess that is true for most plays they are written to be performed rather than read And it's not just me who loves it Timothy Spall played the part of Rafe some years ago and named his even brilliant son after the role If you ever get the chance to see this on the stage please do yourself the proverbial favour Francis Beaumont I do ♥ you truly♦17 June OK so I can't work out how to review multiple editions despite consulting GR's 'Help' I originally read the Nick Hern Books edition edited by Colin Counsell 9781854596246I've also now read the Bloomsbury edition edited by Michael Hattaway 9780713650693 which is terrific for providing substance in the intro and notes Currently my preferred edition ♦10 July 2016 And I've now read the Revels Plays edition edited by Sheldon P Zitner 9780719069673This is The One folks Absolutely wonderful and very thorough Introduction which made me feel I was finally getting a grasp on the fact that the play didn't uite appear out of nowhere Also very useful appendices on the play's Interludes and Songs If you need to choose just one edition this is the one I'd recommend

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The Famous History of the Knight of the Burning PestleHose that take representations for realities but also celebrates their idealism and love of adventureThe editor Michael Hattaway is editor of plays by Shakespeare and Jonson as well as of several volumes of critical essays and author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre Hamlet The Critics Debate and Renaissance and Reformations An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature He is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffiel. Honestly found this a very interesting play to read It opened many uestions in regard to early modern audiences I kept for example wondering how common it was for spectators to actually interrupt the play try to change parts of it or just in general to comment on it The interweaving of The London Merchant and the romance satire The Knight of the Burning Pestle was very amusing and I have to say the only thing that really bothered me was Merrythought’s incessant singing I would love to see this play in performance though I have been told that it is normally not very successful This makes sense since it calls for a certain shape of the play space and interruptions like Nell’s and George’s would probably drive most modern playgoers mad in fact I have been told that in the production on one of the Globe’s stages a few years ago audience members tried to shush these characters Either way it was very entertaining and I would recommend it to everyone who has a special interest in meta theatricality