The beginning of the Creation pageant, detail from first surviving folio (now fol. 1r) of MS HM 1 ('The Towneley Plays').
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Medieval English Theatre is an international refereed journal, established in 1979. Its name belies its wide range of interest: it publishes articles on theatre and pageantry from across the British Isles up to the opening of the London playhouses and the suppression of the civic religious plays. It also includes contributions on European and Latin drama, ceremony, and pageantry, together with analyses of modern survivals or their equivalents, and of research productions of medieval and Tudor plays. Most issues are illustrated.

From Volume 37 (2015) onwards the journal has been published and sold by Boydell & Brewer. An e-book version is available.

Members of the Society are eligible for a reduced-price subscription to the print version of the journal from Vol 37 onwards. This is ordered via the Secretary.

An Index of all volumes from 1 (1979) to date is available. There is also a cumulative Author Index. Go to drop-down Journal menu.

Back numbers of many issues from Volumes 1 (1979) 36 (2014) are still available and can be purchased from the Society. An occasional series of texts and monographs is also available.

METh welcomes submission of articles for consideration for publication in the journal. See information for authors.


  • Professor Meg Twycross, Lancaster University   (
  • Dr Sarah Carpenter, University of Edinburgh   (
  • Professor Elisabeth Dutton, Université de Fribourg (
  • Professor Gordon Kipling, UCLA   (

© Meg Twycross 2015