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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (30 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713640928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713640922
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Middleton (1580 - 1627) was an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Thomas Dekker (1570-1632) was an English dramatist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sphex on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
The character of Moll Cutpurse is so capacious that one gender is not enough to contain her spirit, and a big stage is the natural venue for a life story that seems one long fabulous performance. Moll is based on Mary Frith, born in the London of the 1580s and, by the time this play by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton appeared in 1611, she already had a notorious reputation as a woman who spoke her mind, smoked and drank in taverns, and wore both a sword and men's clothing. The play is much more than a one-woman show, however, and it remains a powerful social comedy. This edition is the prompt book for the 2014 RSC production (with the excellent Lisa Dillon in the title role), which cuts some of the characters from the original text and simplifies the language in places (changes that did not detract from the performance I saw).

Moll speaks the prologue, telling us that tragic passion is "out of fashion" and that she's not one of those roaring girls "who beats the watch" or "sells her soul to the lust of fools and slaves" - the subject of this tale "flies with wings more lofty." Although she's the star of the show, and despite the cuts, there's still a wide range of well-drawn characters, including the magistrate Sir Alexander Wengrave at the top of the social tree, the Tiltyards and the Gallipots in the middle, and Trapdoor and the servants at the bottom.

The romantic story is familiar enough: boy loves girl, girl loves boy, a parent doesn't approve, and someone has to come to the rescue. First, Sebastian deceives his father into believing he wants to marry Moll (he really wants to marry Mary), and so he sets about proposing to Moll once he knows his father, Sir Alexander, is in earshot. Moll, however, has "no humour to marry" even in jest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. O. MORRIS-JONES on 19 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Some of the reviews appear to reference another edition of this play. This edition is a new release for the RSC's Roaring Girls Season. This is an edited edition with a reduced cast, reflecting the ensemble size for the season. It benefits from introductory notes which provide insight into the director's production choices and editorial decisions. This prompt copy edition provides a valuable record for this excellent oroduction.
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By Constance on 4 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THIS IS AWFUL. IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND IS MERE JUMBLED LETTERS ON THE PAGE DUE TO THE PUBLISHERS AUTOCORRECT SOFTWARE. DO NOT BUY THIS I AM HAVING TO CHUCK IT AWAY. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY
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