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Shakespeare's Globe

Read Not Dead was launched in 1995 and brings actors, audiences, students and scholars together to explore and celebrate the plays performed on London stages between 1567 and 1642.

About 400 plays of the period have survived in print.

The ground-rules are simple. Actors are given a script on Sunday morning and work with a director to get the play up on its feet – with entrances and exits, token costume and music if needed. They present t, script in hand, to an audience at 4.00pm.

These are not intended to be polished productions. There is a shared spirit of adventure, excitement and experimentation for actors and audiences who sense that they might be uncovering a hidden gem.

Over 200 plays have been staged to date, and all are recorded for archive.