Dramatizing Penshurst

Dramatizing Penshurst: Site / Script / Sidneys

Shakespeare and His Sisters on Site, working closely with Penshurst Place, look at the parallels between plays by Shakespeare and two women writers of the Sidney household, the Countess of Pembroke and her niece, Lady Mary Wroth.

On 16 September 2018 Dramatizing Penshurst staged the first professional production of Lady Mary Wroth’s play Love’s Victory (1617) in Baron’s Hall at Penshurst Place, funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Links to the rehearsal process with extracts of the actors working on site will soon be available on the website, followed by film from the final performance in Baron’s Hall. Be sure to join our mailing list to be first to be sent the link to watch.

Please follow the links in the drop down menu above or, alternatively, click the links below:

Amazing sonnets by Lady Mary Wroth

The manuscripts of ‘Love’s Victory’

Lady Mary Wroth at Archbishop’s School, Canterbury

Ghostly Fathers in Wroth’s ‘Love’s Victory’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at Archbishop’s School, Canterbury

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, Kent

Shakespeare and His Sisters on Site has engaged with local communities including tutors and members of the Kent Adult Education groups and courses run at Sevenoaks (directed by Marta Doran) have begun to explore the Sidneys of Penshurst.

Kent Adult Education

– Painting the Play — Liz Chapman

– English Portraits, Landscapes and Pastoral Scenes — Deborah Crofts

– Making the Book of Fortunes: Calligraphy using sixteenth and seventeenth century styles — Els Van Den Steen

– Illustrating the Play — Victoria Wainwright

Special thanks to Lord and Lady De L’Isle and their son Philip, to Ben, Nikki and all the staff at Penshurst Place and to Ray and Mary for their help to Professor Findlay.

South Lawn to house from corner at Penshurst Place %28c%29 Nick Mcann & Peter Smith