The Witch of Edmonton
The Witch of Edmonton is an English Jacobean play, written by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford in 1621.
The play, “probably the most sophisticated treatment of domestic tragedy in the whole of Elizabethan-Jacobean drama”, is based on events that supposedly took place in the parish of Edmonton, then outside London, earlier that year. The play depicts Elizabeth Sawyer, an old woman shunned by her neighbours, who gets revenge by selling her soul to the Devil, who appears to her in the shape of a black dog called Tom. In addition, there are two subplots. One depicts a bigamist who murders his second wife at the devil’s prompting, and the other depicts a clownish yokel who befriends the devil-dog.
Cast & Crew
- Marius Goring in The Witch of Edmonton 1936, Other public domain
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