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The Life and Death of Jack Straw

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Playwright  George Peele
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The Life and Death of Jack Straw is a late 16th-century play, possibly written by playwright George Peele.

The play takes the story of Jack Straw, a rebel leader in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. The play was possibly written by George Peele and probably originally designed for production in one of London's guild pageants. The play portrays Jack Straw as a tragic figure, being led into wrongful rebellion by the priest John Ball, drawing clear allegorical links between the instability of late-Elizabethan England and the politics of the 14th century. It is one of the earliest political plays of its type in England.

The play was initially printed in 1593 by John Danter for William Barley, and the copyright was subsequently transferred to Thomas Pavier, who printed a new edition in 1604. There is no record of performance from the early modern period contained in either edition.

Performances in the modern era are rare. The only recorded performance was mounted by Bad Quarto Productions in November 2016 in New York City

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