John Marston: Jack Drum's Entertainment (1010 words)

Rebecca Yearling (University of Keele)
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Jack Drum’s Entertainment is one of John Marston’s earliest plays. It was first performed in c.1599-1600 by the boy actors of the St Paul’s theatre company; it was then published anonymously in quarto in 1601, although critics agree that it is by Marston.

The play is set in and around the house of Sir Edward Fortune, a nobleman living in the London suburb of Highgate. Sir Edward has two daughters, Katherine and Camelia, and the play’s main plot focuses on the romantic trials and tribulations of Katherine and her true love, the young gallant Pasquil. At the start of the play, Katherine is being wooed by a wealthy usurer, Mamon, who is sure that his gold is enough to win the heart of any woman. However, she …

Citation: Yearling, Rebecca. "Jack Drum's Entertainment". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 April 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9076, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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