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Digital Renaissance Editions is honoured to name Alan Cumming OBE, James Franco, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, and Mark Rylance as inaugural Patrons. All of the inaugural Patrons are distinguished actors of stage, screen, and television, whose passion for early English drama is inspirational. We thank them for their enthusiasm for the project.



Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

This is wonderful. It is a godsend for students and for theatre practitioners. It makes the extraordinary world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre widely accessible for the first time.

Alan Cumming OBE is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He was made an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Abertay Dundee in 2006, and made an Officer of the British Empire in 2009 for his work and commitment to the progression of LGBT rights in Britain and the United States of America. His theatre credits include performances with the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre of Scotland, as well as numerous Broadway and West End productions. (Photo: Kevin Garcia.)

alancumming.com :: @AlanCumming



James Franco

James Franco

Shakespeare is available everywhere, but the dramatists he learned from, and the dramatists who learned from him, are inevitably hidden in his wide shadow. In school we called the study of the literature of his contemporaries, ‘Eliz/Jac non-Shak’. Digital Renaissance Editions corrects this imbalance, making the wonderful theatrical world depicted in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ – the world of Thomas Kyd, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Christopher Marlowe and some whose names have been forgotten – easily and wonderfully available at no cost to what should be its many users."

James Franco is an award-winning actor, film-maker, author, artist, and teacher. Passionate about art in all its forms, his charitable work includes volunteering for The Art of Elysium, a charity dedicated to using art to enrich the lives of critically ill children and other populations in need. Although best known for his work in film, Franco made his Broadway debut as George in Of Mice and Men in 2014. (Photo: Forbes.)

@JamesFrancoTV



Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

The Renaissance stage was filled with brilliant, powerful plays that are unforgettable once they are seen or read. Digital Renaissance Editions will allow these amazing plays, largely unknown today, to be newly discovered by students and actors.

Vanessa Redgrave CBE is an award-winning stage, screen, and television actress and a political activist. She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1967, inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003, and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2010. Her theatre credits include performances with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the Old Vic, and Shakespeare’s Globe London, as well as numerous Broadway and West End productions. (Photo: Tristram Kenton.)



Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance

Digital Renaissance Editions is a wonderful resource enabling the recovery of the richness of a dramatic tradition too often limited to Shakespeare and a few ‘others’. But the Renaissance stage was a thriving theatrical world with numerous, if now largely unknown, playwrights writing brilliant plays that should be widely experienced in theatres and classrooms today – and this is a project that will make that possible. Bravo."

Mark Rylance is an award-winning actor, theatre director, and playwright. He was the inaugural Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe London (1995–2005), where he directed and acted in every season. His theatre credits include performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe London, as well as numerous productions on Broadway. (Photo: Simon Annand.)

markrylance.co.uk