Thomas Dekker: Westward Ho

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  • Tamsin Theresa Badcoe (University of Bristol)

The Jacobean play Westward Ho is credited with initiating the fashion for “directional” city comedy on the London stage. Collaboratively authored by Thomas Dekker and John Webster, it inspired George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston to write the controversial Eastward Ho (1605), and was the forerunner to Dekker and Webster’s own subsequent work, Northward Ho (1607). It was written to be performed by the Children of St Paul’s, and on the dissolution of the Children’s Company in 1607 it appeared in print for the first time. It is likely that Westward Ho was composed in 1604, well in advance of the publication of Eastward Ho in 1605, and the title page of the first edition attests …

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Badcoe, Tamsin Theresa. "Westward Ho". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 September 2012
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Jacobean