Staging Salvation: Six Medieval Plays in Modern English

Staging Salvation: Six Medieval Plays in Modern English

Edited by Lister M. Matheson and William G. Marx et al.
2014 | 312 + x pp. | 8 ills. | 978-0-86698-491-1 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 443 | $60 | £48 |

Staging Salvation: Six Medieval Plays in Modern English presents several plays from the English Middle Ages that have been newly adapted into Modern English. The plays faithfully translate the robust character of their medieval sources into lively, idiomatic contemporary speech. The poetic verse forms of the original plays have been followed closely wherever possible, making these versions reliable introductions to early English drama for students, actors, directors, and interested readers who may have no other way to experience this most popular of medieval literary forms. Each play includes music adapted for modern performance, much of which has been transcribed from medieval sources. All the plays are supplemented by explanatory notes on their sources, language and translation, and literary, biblical, and historical allusions.

The plays included in this volume are the Chester Noah’s Flood; the Towneley Second Shepherds’ Play; The First Temptations of Christ (comprising The Temptation and The Woman Taken in Adultery plays from the N-Town cycle); The Play of Pilate (comprising elements from six plays in the York cycle); the Towneley Last Judgment; and the morality play Mankind.


Adapted for performance by Lister M. Matheson, William G. Marx, Robert L. Kinnunen
Music transcribed and arranged by Vincent J. Corrigan