Until Cambridge University’s Marlowe Dramatic Society staged The White Devil in 1920, there had been no productions of the play on record since the late seventeenth century. The 1920 production, performed by undergraduates, was enormously influential in re-igniting interest in the play as theatre; it was endorsed enthusiastically by both F. L. Lucas (later editor of Webster’s Complete Works) and the novelist E. M. Forster. Forster, comparing the production very favourably with the work of professional London actors, described it as ‘one of the best Elizabethan performances that we are likely to see for a long time’ (New Statesman, 20 March 1920).
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