Conference 2019




Lincoln College, Oxford

29 to 31 March 2019

This conference brings together scholars working on the poetry and drama of John Marston and his circle to reappraise his significance as a major and influential writer of the turn of the seventeenth century. It coincides with on-going preparations for The Complete Works of John Marston (general editors, Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle) for Oxford University Press.

At the centre of the conference there will be a performance of Marston’s The Malcontent by Edward’s Boys—much celebrated for their extensive work in reviving the repertoire of early modern boys’ companies—in the beautiful seventeenth-century hall of Trinity College on Saturday, 30 March. Tickets for the performance are now sold out, but returns might be available; people wanting to be considered for a ticket are advised to contact the Director of Edward’s Boys, Perry Mills, to request to be placed on the waiting list: Tickets for the other performances in Stratford-upon-Avon (27 and 28 March) and London (29 March) are available on this link.

Delegates can book accommodation in single ensuite rooms at Lincoln College at the discounted rate of £85 per night, inclusive of breakfast. Please email Luke Bullivant, Conference and Events Manager at Lincoln, at, quoting ‘Oxford Marston Conference’ in the subject line of the message.

Registration for the conference is now closed.

If you would like to attend as  an auditor, please get in touch with our Research Fellow, Dr José A. Pérez Díez, at


FRIDAY 29 March

15:00   Registration, tea, and coffee

15:30   Welcome: Professor Henry Woudhuysen FBA, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford

Opening remarks: Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle, general editors of the Oxford Marston

15:45   Panel 1: Marston’s poetry: Colin Burrow and Per Sivefors

16:45   Break

17:00   Keynote 1: Patrick Cheney:  Marston’s Elysian Authorship: Satire, Sublimity, and Liberty in the Poems, Plays, and Masques

18:30   Drinks reception

19:00   Dinner in Hall



9:00     Registration

9:30     Panel 2: Audiences, plays, and playhouses: Joshua Caldicott, Charles Cathcart, and José A. Pérez Díez

11:00   Tea and coffee break

11:30   Panel 3: The Dutch Courtesan and Sophonisba: Gerald Baker, Helen Ostovich, Erin Julian, and Suzanne Gossett

13:00   Lunch in Hall

14:00   Panel 4: The Malcontent: Richard Dutton, Lisa Hopkins, and Domenico Lovascio

15:45   Tea and coffee break

16:00   Keynote 2: James Bednarz: John Marston and the Revolution at Paul’s Playhouse (1599-1601)

17:30   End

Dinner: own arrangements

19:00   Edward’s Boys present The Malcontent (The Hall of Trinity College)


SUNDAY 31 March

9:00     Registration

9:30     Q&A with Perry Mills, Deputy Headmaster of King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, and director of Edward’s Boys

10:30   Tea and coffee break

11:00   Panel 5: Marston in performance: Michael Cordner, Harry McCarthy, and Robert Stagg

12:30   Closing remarks: Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle

13:00   Lunch in Hall