Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay by Robert GreeneRobert Greene (1558–1592) was the author of romances, pamphlets, lyrics, and plays. He was educated at Cambridge and Oxford, and led a remarkably irresponsible and dissolute life. The comedy Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay was probably written and produced around 1589, and was first printed in 1594. Its account of the marvelous exploits of Friar Bacon is drawn from The Famous Historie of Fryer Bacon, a sixteenth-century account of the legends surrounding the Oxford Franciscan, Roger Bacon (b. 1214). The play was an important influence both on Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Monologue: Edward's Margaret
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Directed by Frank Greene
Widely regarded as Greene's best and most significant play, it has received more critical attention than any other of Greene's dramas. The date of authorship of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay cannot be fixed with certainty on the basis of the available evidence; the play is normally dated to the —92 period. James", fixes St. James's Day 25 July, the feast day of St. James the Great as a Friday, which was true in Some critics argue that the magic in Greene's play was inspired by the magic in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus , c. Yet since none of the plays in question can be dated with absolute certainty, the nature of the relationships among them are open to question and cannot resolve the pertinent dating issues.
The Great Hall of Bolton School Boys' Division, is a 20th-century version of a mediaeval hall, complete with wooden hammer-beam roof. Each Spring Term it was transformed into a temporary theatre. Almost squeaky rush-bottomed chairs on the flat meant the stage had to be built high. The acoustics were atrocious. But the School Play was a big event. Each boy was expected to attend, with his parents if possible, guaranteeing full houses over the week's performances.
Robert Greene is probably best-known, in the British popular consciousness at least, for two things. One would hardly guess that in real life, Greene was only six years older than Shakespeare. Edward will later become King Edward I. Leaving his friend Lacy to woo Margaret in his absence, Edward goes to Oxford to ask Friar Bacon, a noted philosopher and magician, to help him. Bacon uses his magic to prevent the wedding from going ahead, before facing off against Vandermast, a German necromancer travelling in the retinue of the Emperor of Germany, who has accompanied King Henry to Oxford.