(From the publisher):
Bartholomew Fair is the climactic play of Ben Jonson's great comic period. Using the Fair as a symbolic representation of religious, social and political conflicts in Jacobean England, Jonson satirizes Puritans, fortune hunters, country bumpkins and inept representatives of the justice system, along with sharpsters and conmen who inhabit the Fair. Rich in unforgettable characters like Ursla the pig woman, Adam Overdo the disguised JP and Troubleall the wandering madman, Bartholomew Fair combines a celebration of festivity with an attack on the excesses of natural life. The play was produced simultaneously at Court and the Hope Theatre, site of bear-baiting, and through his and the puppet-show with which the play concludes, Jonson reflects on drama, actors, the theatre and his rivals Marlowe and Shakespeare.
Original title: Bartholomew Fair
Genre: Drama and Plays