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A 17th Century Salisbury Scandal
by Simon Butteriss
In a world where heresy is certain death and Art relies on aristocratic whim, blackmail, political intrigue and sexual assault thrive. In 17th century Salisbury, the young playwright Philip Massinger, uncovering the horrible truth about his father’s death, finds that both the young Earl of Pembroke and the voracious dowager Countess want much more than plays in return for their patronage. Fleeing to London to wreak revenge with his writing, Massinger plunges into a hurly-burly where lovers and friends seem to be every bit as treacherous as enemies. Philip Massinger’s own plays precariously balanced elegant comedy with revenge tragedy. Making Massinger imagines that his life did, too.
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The outstanding cast includes Samuel Barnett (The History Boys, National Theatre and Broadway, and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America), Edward Bennett (Breaking the Code, Salisbury Playhouse and Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company), Hubert Burton (The Inheritance, Young Vic and West End’s Noël Coward Theatre, Relatively Speaking and Breaking the Code, Salisbury Playhouse and Testament of Youth), Julia Hills (The Mirror Crack'd and Worst Wedding Ever, Salisbury Playhouse, and Calendar Girls, Chichester, UK tour and West End), Jane How (Her Naked Skin and Separate Tables, Salisbury Playhouse and Half A Sixpence, Chichester Festival Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre) and Nina Wadia (Too Close, ITV and EastEnders, BBC).
Making Massinger by Simon Butteriss was commissioned by Wiltshire Creative and adapted for audio-transmission by Simon Butteriss.
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