The Editors


The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) is a world-renowned ensemble theater company in Stratford and London, dedicated to bringing the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to a modern audience.

 Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate is professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at the University of Warwick. Widely known as a critic, award-winning biographer, and broadcaster, Bate is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and Ovid, Soul of the Age, and The Genius of Shakespeare, which was praised by Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as “the best modern book on Shakespeare.”

Photo: © Paula Byrne

Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen is professor of English at the University of Nevada. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and of the works of Christopher Marlowe in the Oxford World’s Classics series as well as individual plays in the Arden Shakespeare series, the Revels Plays series, and the Malone Society series. Since 1997, he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for Shakespeare Survey.

Photo: © Jean Dixon



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David Bevington

David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he is a member of the Departments of English and Comparative Literature, director of undergraduate studies in comparative literature, and chair of the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.

David Scott Kastan

David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, which he presently chairs.

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A major, new series of individual paperback plays from the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by acclaimed Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen.