Category Archives: Shakespeare in Love

Burbage and Shakespeare: The Bond Between Two Elizabethan Actors.

Known as one of the greatest actors in Elizabethan theater, Richard Burbage acted for some of the most well know playwrights. He acted in plays by Jonson, Kyd, Beaumont and Fletcher, John Webster, and more importantly Shakespeare. Burbage’s father James … Continue reading

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The Rose Theater

The Rose Theatre was built in 1587, and was the fourth public theater built in London. It was built by Phillip Henslowe, who would later become one of Shakespeare’s rivals. It was also the first theater to publicly show one … Continue reading

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John Webster – Shakespeare in Love

Much of John Webster’s life is a mystery much like William Shakespeare. Born around 1580, Webster was the last of the Elizabethan era playwrights. His main interest was writing dramas, particularly with violence and gore which in turn subjected him to lots … Continue reading

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Viola Hastings

In the movie, She’s the Man, the director relates the comic plot of Twelfth Night to his own movie. The comic plot of the movie both confirms stereotypes and also destroys them through the character of Viola. Stereotypes are first … Continue reading

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Sir Edmund Tylney

Sir Edmund Tylney was the Master of Revelry back then. After watching Shakespeare in Love, I realize that Tylney’s actual role was similar to a police of theater, much resembling today’s censorship. Tylney’s job was to censor the play before letting … Continue reading

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Violas’ Sacrifices

  Both Viola from Twelfth Night and Viola from She’s the Man are aware that in order to succeed they, sadly, must be disguised as men. Both Violas give up their identity, easily taking the place of their male counterparts, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Fool: William Kempe

William Kempe was a respected comedian in theatre, and this earned him a spot on The Chamberlain’s Men with Shakespeare. Although Kempe was talented, he seemed to annoy Shakespeare by improvising lines during performances, which led to Kempe being kicked … Continue reading

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Ned Alleyn

Ned Alleyn was more than the best actor of his time, he was a business man and most of all a entrepreneur who was used to getting his way. Ned Alleyn did not need the acting career to inherit or … Continue reading

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Plays Around The Globe

The Globe Theatre is one of the most important theatres in history with an equally important theatre being The Rose. This theatre had been the epicenter of Shakespeare’s career and was started by James Burbage, who got a 21-year lease … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Marlowe

Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, was known to be an Elizabethan spy during his time and many believe that this led to his death. Kit was stabbed in the temple by a knife by Ingram Frizer in a “lodging house” but research … Continue reading

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