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date: 25 February 2020

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Gammer Gurton's Needle was first made widely available in the edition issued by the London publisher Thomas Colwell in 1575, where its title page announced, among other things, that it was ‘Played on Stage, not longe ago in Christes Colledge in Cambridge’. This article asks why this highly sophisticated piece of Tudor comedy was published at this particular juncture, and from the press of this particular printer. These related questions are worth pursuing because they help reveal something about the perceived cultural and economic value of the play's continued afterlife as this evolved in the wake of that originary moment in Cambridge when it was first set forth ‘not longe ago’. The discussion then goes back towards the moment in Cambridge ‘not longe ago’ when Gammer Gurton's Needle had its début.

Keywords: Tudor theatre, plays, Thomas Colwell, Tudor comedy, Cambridge

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