One of the biggest theatrical hits of the late 1590s, and the originator of the popular 'humours' comedy, exploited by Ben Jonson and others.
Also known as The Comedy of Humours, An Humorous Day's Mirth follows Love's Labours Lost in its French setting and its emphasis on wit and folly, but creates a new style of comedy in its parade of melancholics, paranoid husbands and wives, would-be puritans and fools, orchestrated by the caustic ringmaster, Lemot. 'The sky hangs full of humour', and our role is to watch, listen and laugh.
Those who came to the reading that complemented the 1998 Globe production of As You Like It, did like it, so the Globe has decided to play it again.
Globe Education began its series of staged readings of plays in 1994. Since then audiences have been able to see and hear over 150 plays written between 1567 and 1642 by Shakespeare's contemporaries. These 'performances with scripts' and dramatic readings are staged by professional actors and directors.