Most would agree that William Shakespeare’s fame has been a boon for theatre, literature, even the English language as a whole. But it’s been less of a benefit to other Renaissance-era playwrights, most of whom have found their work completely eclipsed by the Bard.
Take John Ford. Artsnight’s Andrew Marr calls him “one of the most underestimated playwrights of the age.” Long before Alfred Hitchcock sent spines tingling with his psychological thrillers, Ford specialised in the same, delving into subjects like incest, murder and witchcraft – and after centuries of being written off, he’s undergoing a revival. The Globe Theatre is putting on five of his plays in five days, while the Royal Shakespeare Company is presenting the first known public performance in 400 years of his play Love’s Sacrifice.
Marr takes a look at the fascinating playwright – and his fixation on psychological topics like mental illness and obsessive jealousy – and why he’s experiencing a resurgence today.
John Ford was an English playwright and poet of the Jacobean and Caroline eras born in Ilsington in Devon, England.Wikipedia