Globe’s Read Not Dead revives Nathan Field comedy Amends For Ladies at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sunday 18 May sees the pioneering Read Not Dead project from Shakespeare’s Globe make its debut in the newly opened Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Amends For Ladies by Nathan Field is a satirical and witty city comedy in which a maid, wife and widow have their virtue questioned by the men who claim to love them.

Bringing the text back to life with Read Not Dead.

Bringing the text back to life with Read Not Dead.


The Read Not Dead concept is brilliantly simple. Actors are given a script on a Sunday morning and work with a director to get the play up on its feet – with entrances and exits, token costume, props and music if needed. They present it, script-in-hand, to an audience at 4pm that very same day.

Read Not Dead was launched in 1995 and brings actors, audiences and scholars together to explore and celebrate the plays performed on London stages between 1567-1642. About 400 plays of the period have survived in print – Read Not Dead has staged over 200 of them to date, and all are recorded for archive.

Amends For ladies by Nathan Field
Sunday 18 May, 4pm-7pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe,
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

For more information on this event and for further upcoming
Read Not Dead presentations, go here.