Hyde Park

by James Shirley

Edited by Eugene Giddens

Hyde Park

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7741-8
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Media Studies, Theatre Studies, Theatre studies, Plays, playscripts, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama, DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Plays, playscripts, The arts / Theatre studies
  • Series: The Revels Plays


Hyde Park (1632) is one of the best-loved comedies of James Shirley, considered to be one of the most important Caroline dramatists. The play showcases strong female characters who excel at rebuking the outlandish courtship of various suitors. Shirley's comic setting, London's Hyde Park, offers ample opportunity for witty dialogue and sport - including foot and horse races - across three love plots.

This is the first critical edition of the play, including a wide-ranging introduction and extensive commentary and textual notes. Paying special attention to the culture of Caroline London and its stage, the Revels Plays edition unpicks Shirley's politics of courtship and consent while also underlining the play's dynamics of class and power. A detailed performance history traces productions from 1632, across the Restoration to the present day, including that of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. A textual history of the play's first quarto determines how it was printed and what relationship Hyde Park has to other texts by Shirley from the same publishers.


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Eugene Giddens is Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at Anglia Ruskin University

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