023 – Ten Thousand Hells

Drama is perhaps one of the most recognisable products of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. This week, we look at two of the more famous plays from this period which use the supernatural in their narratives; Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and Thomas Middleton’s The Witch.

Although I’m sure I’m missing someone out, someone important from this period who wrote a lot of plays still loved today.

No matter, I’m sure I’ll remember by next week!


This episode primarily drew from the following texts:

  • ‘First edition of Middleton’s The Witch’, British Library, accessed December 2017, at https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/first-edition-of-middletons-the-witch
  • Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974
  • H. W. Herrington, ‘Witchcraft and Magic in Elizabethan Drama’, The Journal of American Folklore, 32, 126, (1919)
  • Purkiss, D., The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations (1996)


Please see the website for a full bibliography!

Music by Kevin MacCleod and Karstenholymol, used under the Creative Commons License.