Show/hide main menu


'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber'

Council Room (K2.29) King’s Building Strand Campus
Culture, Performance/Concert
21/06/2016 (18:00-20:00)

Please direct enquiries to

This event is free and open to all, but booking is required via our Eventbrite page.

Registration URL

Lucie Skeaping presents 'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber'  -  two short bawdy comedies with music

Frontispiece-characters on stage

A semi-staged performance in period costume, introduced by Lucie Skeaping (presenter BBC Radio Three's Early Music Show, co-author of Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs; director of The City Waites) and Tamsin Lewis (director of Passamezzo)

The through-sung 'dramatic jig' 'Singing Simpkin' is first recorded in 1595 and may be the work of the clown Will Kemp, one of the founders and star performer of Shakespeare's company, the Chamberlain's Men.  'Swabber' was performed by Robert Cox at the Red Bull in June 1653, when most of the theatres were closed by order of Parliament. Both appear in Cox's collection of farces, jigs and drolls  Actaeon and Diana 1655/6.  


Part of 'What you Will: King's Shakespeare Festival' and Shakespeare400 


Image: Frontispiece from The Wits, or Sport Upon Sport, 1662. 

Event Highlights:

Sorry, there are no current events
Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2019 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454