Tag Archives: Renaissance Theatre

Thomas Kyd: An English Tragedy

Very little is known about the life of Renaissance playwright Thomas Kyd. Though scholars say that often, in this case there is an especially frustrating dearth of information (and surviving texts). Thomas Kyd was born in 1558 in London, the son of … Continue reading

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English Renaissance Timeline: Some Historical and Cultural Dates

1558 – Queen Elizabeth I is crowned, and Thomas Kyd is born 1563 – Martin Luther’s Thirty-Nine Articles are published 1564 – William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe are born 1569 – Northern England rebels on behalf of Mary Queen of … Continue reading

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Free But Not CC: Online Education Resources

While we only include public domain and creative commons resources on our website writersinspire.org, in our trawling for internet treasures, we came across a lot of resources that can be accessed free online, but cannot be reused under any free … Continue reading

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Why Shakespeare was Shakespeare

Since the release of the film Anonymous  in 2011, the odds have increased dramatically of being cornered in a pub and informed that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by the Earl of Oxford (or Sir Francis Bacon, or … Continue reading

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Shakespearian Excavation in London

The remains of early modern theatre The Curtain are being excavated in Shoreditch, London. Read the article on the discovery in The Guardian here. To learn more about early modern playhouses, including The Curtain, check out our brief outline here.

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Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatres

Elizabethan and Jacobean London contained a myriad of playhouses, indoors and outdoors. What follows is a very brief outline of some of the most famous of those playhouses, arranged alphabetically. Click on a picture to see a larger version. Blackfriars Theatre … Continue reading

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Jonathan Bate on Shakespeare in Objects: Preparing the Staging the World Exhibition

From 19 July to 25 November, the British Museum’s round reading room will provide an elaborate exhibition on William Shakespeare as part of the London 2012 festival. The Shakespeare: Staging the World  exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bate and Dora … Continue reading

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