A play named Ralph Roister Doister is generally looked upon as the first real English comedy.
In revenge for her scorn Ralph Roister Doister threatens to burn the dame's house down, and sets off to attack it with his servants.
Shortly after the middle of the century, probably, the head-master of Westminister School, Nicholas Udall, took the further step of writing for his boys on the classical model an original farce-comedy, the amusing 'Ralph Roister Doister
By comparing Petruchio to the type's most storied ancestor, Pyrgopolinices in Plautus's Miles Gloriosus [The Braggard Captain] (ca 200 BC), as well as to sixteenth-century exemplars like Ralph in Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister
(ca 1545-52), Sir Tophas in John Lyly's Endymion: The Man in the Moon (1588), and Huanebango in George Peele's The Old Wives Tale (ca 1588-94), I will propose a different protagonist from the one to which modern playgoers and readers may be accustomed.
Ralph Roister Doister
contains a much more elaborate scene in which the maidservants--Madge Mumblecrust, Tib Talkapace and Annot Alyface--sing while performing three different female occupations, sewing, spinning and knitting ("So shall we pleasantly bothe the tyme beguile now,/ And eke dispatche all our works ere we can tell how.
The players accepted it philosophically and took their wagons out into the country with a revival of Ralph Roister Doister
One of the texts that Wilson quotes at length is a soliloquy by Madge Mumblecrust from Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister
, who becomes the starting point for Mazzio's second chapter, "From Fault to Figure: The Case of Madge Mumblecrust in Ralph Roister Doister
Barry's Quality Street (March 1919), Harley Granville Barker and Lawrence Housman's Prunella (March 1920), and Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister
George's Chapel at Windsor in December 1551, while in the fall of 1552, Udall's play, Ralph Roister Doister
, often considered the first English comedy, was performed before Edward VI at Windsor (Udall).
If there are historical reasons for this narrative privileging of the individual, it is also true that Elizabethan and Jacobean drama had its own eponymic repertoire (Ralph Roister Doister
In 1966 a graduate seminar at the University of Toronto led to a production of the medieval play Rafe Roister Doister
and eventually to the formation of the Poculi Ludique Societas, or the PLS, the oldest and most respected medieval drama society in North America.
Chapter 2, "From Fault to Figure," further explores the perils of English vernacularism, focusing in particular on Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister
, a play originally composed in the early 1550s for Udall's grammar school students.