A masterly satire of London society at the turn of the 17th century, abounding with Middleton’s craft and wit. Disjointed and dysfunctional families wrangle and plot, cuckold and gull, ‘but women’s wit is ever at full moon’.
This edition of Thomas Middleton’s play A Mad World, My Master is edited by Nick de Somogyi. It is part of the Globe Quartos series, co-published with Shakespeare’s Globe, marking their rediscoveries of forgotten plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.
‘Middleton runs the comic gamut. He has a talent for double-entendres, jokes about asking a doctor to be patient and strong farcical scenes. Here verbal comedy joins hands with physical comedy in an unpompous way that seems not to have dated’
— Independent on Sunday