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A major season of rarely performed Tudor and Jacobean plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford Teeming with energy and larger than life characters, Eastward Ho! sees Touchstone, a London goldsmith, preparing to marry off his two daughters. Touchstone's two apprentices lead the wooing until the rakish fop Sir Petronel Flash arrives on the scene. A A major season of rarely performed Tudor and Jacobean plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford Teeming with energy and larger than life characters, Eastward Ho! sees Touchstone, a London goldsmith, preparing to marry off his two daughters. Touchstone's two apprentices lead the wooing until the rakish fop Sir Petronel Flash arrives on the scene. A comedy of true love and virtue triumphing over social-climbing, deception and trickery.


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A major season of rarely performed Tudor and Jacobean plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford Teeming with energy and larger than life characters, Eastward Ho! sees Touchstone, a London goldsmith, preparing to marry off his two daughters. Touchstone's two apprentices lead the wooing until the rakish fop Sir Petronel Flash arrives on the scene. A A major season of rarely performed Tudor and Jacobean plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre in Stratford Teeming with energy and larger than life characters, Eastward Ho! sees Touchstone, a London goldsmith, preparing to marry off his two daughters. Touchstone's two apprentices lead the wooing until the rakish fop Sir Petronel Flash arrives on the scene. A comedy of true love and virtue triumphing over social-climbing, deception and trickery.

30 review for Eastward Hoe,

  1. 4 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Written with 2 collaborators, this is the play that landed Jonson in jail for making fun of the king and the first recorded scandal of "pounds for peerages". Before trash TV, there was trash theatre. Playwrights had to churn out enough material for a new show every week or two, it couldn't all be Hamlet, you know--even Will Shakespeare wrote a couple of right dogs. The "city play" satirizes life in London and the downside of the upwardly mobile, and this is no exception. The status-hungry daught Written with 2 collaborators, this is the play that landed Jonson in jail for making fun of the king and the first recorded scandal of "pounds for peerages". Before trash TV, there was trash theatre. Playwrights had to churn out enough material for a new show every week or two, it couldn't all be Hamlet, you know--even Will Shakespeare wrote a couple of right dogs. The "city play" satirizes life in London and the downside of the upwardly mobile, and this is no exception. The status-hungry daughter ends up with no estate and no joy; the money-hungry moneylender ends up with no wife and no reputation; the young rakehell discovers just how much fun hell actually is to those locked up in it. And of course, the wise, hardworking and modest carry the day. Light as air, and yet rather tedious and dull, with a rushed and very unconvincing end, moral as it purports to be. Basically, they slapped a moral on the end and finished it that way. Read it because I must, for class. Two and a half stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Actual rating: 3.5 In general, this play was really entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. However, the end was a little too simple in my opinion. Furthermore, it really stunned me how the content of this drama led to imprisonment of the authors soon after it was published. I didn't find anything that big of an offence in it. But I guess that is what makes literature that interesting and important: it tells of a past age and the change of ideals. Actual rating: 3.5 In general, this play was really entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. However, the end was a little too simple in my opinion. Furthermore, it really stunned me how the content of this drama led to imprisonment of the authors soon after it was published. I didn't find anything that big of an offence in it. But I guess that is what makes literature that interesting and important: it tells of a past age and the change of ideals.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Anderson

    Some biting satire, a bit of tedium.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    A much more moral tale, with lots of references to The Spanish Tragedy, The Alchemist and various other late Elizabethan and early Jacobean plays.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    A friend who knew I was reading Marlowe's plays gave me this to read as a complement to my Elizabethan literature excursion. Enjoyed this play very much. It is a very funny farce. And I would love to see a really good production of the play. I imagine such a staging could make the audience roll with laughter. The characters' names alone are enough to make you laugh out loud. AL, thanks for sharing this one (and it's a perfect one for a cross country plane trip); now let's find a good production A friend who knew I was reading Marlowe's plays gave me this to read as a complement to my Elizabethan literature excursion. Enjoyed this play very much. It is a very funny farce. And I would love to see a really good production of the play. I imagine such a staging could make the audience roll with laughter. The characters' names alone are enough to make you laugh out loud. AL, thanks for sharing this one (and it's a perfect one for a cross country plane trip); now let's find a good production to see.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Imad

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. very good

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fin

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kyc

  9. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  10. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Rio

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kit Nevile

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thom Dunn

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Willburn

  14. 4 out of 5

    sologdin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stewart

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olav Peterson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristen McDermott

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paddy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helva

  23. 4 out of 5

    Miki

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kunal

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Litbitch

  27. 4 out of 5

    Saira

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shirl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aprile

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kibrina Davey

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