About the Groundling Press

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The Groundling Press publishes useful, readable, affordable e-book and printed editions of English-language plays from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries for general readers and practical performers. Each play has been newly and carefully edited from one or more early printed texts or manuscripts. These editions are not based on any existing public-domain text. The plays have been newly modernized from the original old-spelling texts, with the intention of creating a text that is readable and accessible to a modern reader.

Four editions have been published to date: the anonymous history play The Life and Death of Jack Straw, Richard Brome's city comedy The Weeding of Covent Garden, the ripped-from-the headlines pirate tragedy A Christian Turn'd Turk, and the bawdy medieval morality play Mankind,with more in preparation.

Also available on the site is The Groundling List, a growing database of information on the early English language theater.

For information on performance rights or other inquiries, please contact us by email: editor@groundlingpress.com