The Digby Mary Magdalen and Lewis Wager’s Life and Repentaunce of Marie Magdalene
of the evolution
of anti-theatrical writings from Plato to the present day, and contains
chapters on anti-theatrical Lollardy and Puritanism.
56 Badir, The Maudlin Impression, p. 43.
57 STC 19865.
58 STC 6518.
59 STC 1059.
60 STC 6501. Though he does not treat the plays listed here, for a
more extensive treatment of the secularisation of the saint play see
John Wasson, ‘The Secular Saint Plays of the ElizabethanEra’, in
Davidson, The Saint Play in Medieval Europe, pp. 241–60. For a consideration of The Honest Whore as a Magdalene play see Frédérique
closing years of the queen's reign. In recovering their history here, I hope to show that biblical drama remained a vital and enduring presence throughout the Elizabethanera, from parish communities in provincial towns to the great amphitheatres of London. The discussion which follows examines the plays in order of their civic, parish, educational, and professional sponsorship and affiliation.
Civic or guilds-based biblical drama
The most extensively studied biblical plays of Elizabeth's reign are the great mystery cycles