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Ralph Roister Doister - Short Play, Comedy

Ralph Roister Doister

Aurand Harris, Nicholas Udall

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Short Play, Comedy

ISBN: 9780874407204

Adapted and abridged as a one-act by Aurand Harris
Theater historians credit this work as being the first English comedy. This "ryght pithy, plesant, merie comedie" is ingeniously adapted as a play in verse with wild chases, great pratfalls, slapstick business, double entendres and sheer madness over the eternal battle of the sexes. Vain and gulli…

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Short Play

Comedy

Theater historians credit this work as being the first English comedy. This "ryght pithy, plesant, merie comedie" is ingeniously adapted as a play in verse with wild chases, great pratfalls, slapstick business, double entendres and sheer madness over the eternal battle of the sexes. Vain and gullible Ralph Roister Doister yearns for the love of Dame Christian Custance; but the good Dame is in love with another. Spirited and reckless passions culminate in a battle of epic and comic proprotions as the Dame's household staff of feisty women fight Doister's ragamuffin army in a scene of pure, rollicking farce. Ideal for competition, study, or for introduction to great classical theatre.
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Nicholas Udall

Nicholas Udall, (1505- 1556), English playwright, translator, and schoolmaster who wrote the first known English comedy, Ralph Roister Doister.Udall was educated at the University of Oxford, where he became a lecturer and fellow. He became a schoolmaster in 1529 and was teaching in London in 1533 when he wrote “ditties and interludes” for Anne Boleyn’s coronation. In 1534 he published Floures for ... view full profile

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