The beginning of the Creation pageant, detail from first surviving folio (now fol. 1r) of MS HM 1 ('The Towneley Plays').
©The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

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.


We are delighted to announce that PDFs of Volumes 1 (1979) to 3 (1981) have been added to Vols 15 (1993) to 36 (2014) and are now online at this website. Go to the relevant volume via the Volume Index page and follow the link(s).
They are not photographic reproductions of the originals (which would in any case have been unsatisfactory) but retyped versions imitating the layout and pagination of the originals as closely as possible.
We are waiting for the author’s permission for a few articles. In that case you will be led to a pdf which says so, and asks for further information about their whereabouts or those of their representatives. Please help if you can.
Some images have been removed as we did not acquire permissions for online publication at the time.




From Volume 37 (2015) onwards the journal has been published and sold by Boydell & Brewer. An e-book version is available, and it is also accessible via JSTOR through institutions which have subscribed to the e-book.

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.


In all journals, more and more footnote references are made to URLs. These can be tedious to copy out onto the computer screen. From Volume 39 (2017) we have added an online resource which enables you to go directly to these URLs. This is particularly informative when the references are to videos or to larger coloured images. Coloured copies of author’s photos are also mounted on this website, and the links lead straight to them.
They can be accessed from the global list and from the contents lists of individual volumes via the Volume Index.



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 2021