About the Play

About the Play:

The event will be of interest to academic specialists of the early modern period and students studying English, Drama, and History, as Middleton’s A Game at Chess (1624) is a political satire of current relations between England and Spain during the reign of King James I, under the cloak of an actual game of chess!

The play was incredibly popular, and scandalous, in its own day, and offers students the chance to acquire a greater historical knowledge of the period and literary appreciation of one of Shakespeare’s finest contemporaries. Middleton’s chess pieces were instantly recognisable to Jacobean audiences as prominent court figures such as King James, Prince Charles, Princess Elizabeth, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, and the infamous Spanish ambassador, Gondomar. Students studying Drama will also be able to witness the skills required to perform classical pieces.

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