The Roaring Girl – Introduction

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The Roaring Girl was written in the latter part of the first decade of the seventeenth century and first published in 1611.  The title page of the quarto states that it was performed by Prince Henry’s Men at the Fortune Theater.  It is one of the few plays of the period that depicts a real life person who was still alive at the time of composition.  This person was Mary Frith, popularly known as Moll Cutpurse.

Most scholars and critics are divided on which scenes were written by Dekker and which by Middleton, with many agreeing that the majority of scenes seem to have been worked on by both.

Besides my own text of the play, I provide here a link to Chris Cleary’s web page, “The Plays of Thomas Middleton.”  As this play is a collaboration between Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, Mr. Cleary has already given a treatment of it, and if I may say so, he does a far flashier job than I do–complete with annotations!

Proceed to “The Roaring Girl” on the Thomas Middleton page.

Table of Contents (my own text):

Dramatis Personæ and address to the readers

Prologue

Act One, Scene One

Act One, Scene Two

Act Two, Scene One

Act Two, Scene Two

Act Three, Scene One

Act Three, Scene Two

Act Three, Scene Three

Act Four, Scene One

Act Four, Scene Two

Act Five, Scene One

Act Five, Scene Two

Epilogue

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