"To be, or not to be; that is the question" (William Shakespeare).
Six years before Shakespeare's birth, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in 1558. During Elizabeth's 45 years of ruling London became a center of literature and leaning. Queen Elizabeth was a fan of theatre and playwrights and some of Englands greatest were written during her reign. She grantd permission for professional threaters to be built in England for the first time. These massice theaters attracted at least 15,000 viewers a week in London alone, which only had a population of about 200,000. The Elizabethan Age opened up many opportunites for Shakespeare that he would not have gotten otherwise.
The Globe Theatre
Life in London
Playwrights of his Era
-Ben Johnson (1572-1637)
-Christopher Marlow (1564-1593)
-John Fletcher (1579-1625
- Thomas Middleton (1580-1627)
These playwrights wrote plays like A Game at Chess, Catiline, and The Scornful Lady.
Below is a video about the famous playwright Ben Johnson
"But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be, whithin that circle none durst walk but he" (Dryden, Essay of Dramatic Poetry).
Shakespeare's Impact on Modern English
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