Illustration of Bolsover Castle
Video, 5 mins

Love and Intoxication in a Renaissance Pleasure Palace

Reuniting two seventeenth-century masterpieces – a decorated castle in Derbyshire and romantic comedy - in the heart of Sheffield

In this film, Dr Crosby Stevens and Professor Phil Withington from the Department of History describe how they worked with English Heritage, a theatre director, actors, literature scholars, and an architect, to explore the connections between Bolsover Castle and The New Inn, a comedy of 1629 by the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson, recreating an abridged version of the play at Festival of the Mind 2022.



The Film

  • English Heritage
  • David Thacker, Director
  • Nicholas Helm, Principle of Helm Architecture
  • John Branwell, Fiona Hampton, Margot Leicester, Harry Long and Anna Wheatley (Actors)
  • Gemma Thorpe and Scott Dulson, Filmmakers
  • Stanley Orwin-Fraser, Video Designer

With special thanks to


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