Lord Denney's Players

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Lord Denney’s Players is a theatrical group housed in the Ohio State Department of English. Founded in 2014, the group provides an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to engage in intensive experiential learning and research around the annual production of a play or series of plays. 

Bolstered by the support of an anonymous donation, the company staged its first production in the spring of 2015, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard II directed by English Professor Sarah Neville. The group then staged an adaptation of The Annunciation and The Second Shepherds' Play of The Wakefield Cycle in November 2015 directed by English Professor Richard Green. In spring 2017, Lord Denney’s Players presented an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by English graduate student Manny JacquezIn 2018, the group's next production, William Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor will run from April 4 to April 7, 2018. 

Casting for Lord Denney's Players is all-inclusive, welcoming the talents of all Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. The group's productions aim to provide students with both a literary and theatrical perspective on drama so that students come to better understand literature’s kinship with drama and theatre.

Upcoming Production: William Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor, April 4 to April 7, 2018

Merry Wives

Come see the Lord Denney's players for their production of Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's acerbic comedy. Witness their performance of the first quarto text, the rare early version of Shakespeare's popular comedy that has not been performed since the seventeenth century. Here's your chance to make history by witnessing a full production of the 1602 text of the farcical play. If you're a fan of Shakespeare, fast-paced drama or theatrical experiments, LDP's student-driven production of this so-called "bad quarto" is something you definitely don't want to miss!
  • Ohio State English majors and required classes are FREE with BuckID
  • Students and faculty: $5.00
  • General Admission: $10.00

English majors can reserve their free tickets on the website, however, if having trouble doing that, email ciminello.17@osu.edu or reese.2218@osu.edu and they can put them on the list. Make sure to bring a valid ID to the show.


Where: Columbus Performing Arts Center 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

For more information about the show, the cast and LDP, learn about them on the department's website or visit the troupe's Facebook page.

Direct questions to professor Sarah Neville (neville.67@osu.edu).