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(1586—1639) playwright

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Alexander Dyce

Alexander Dyce  

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(1798–1869)Scholar, who edited many works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. His editions include the works of George Peele (1828 and 1829–39), Thomas Middleton (1840), Beaumont and Fletcher ...
Barry Kyle

Barry Kyle  

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(1948– )English director. Kyle was an associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1978, and was made honorary associate in 1991 after directing nearly 40 plays for the company. ...
Bedlam

Bedlam  

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A corruption of Bethlehem, applied to the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem, in Bishopsgate, London, founded as a priory in 1247, which became a hospital for lunatics. From Bedlam are derived such ...
Broken Heart

Broken Heart  

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A tragedy by J. Ford, printed 1633.The scene is Sparta. Penthea, who was betrothed to Orgilus whom she loved, has been forced by her brother Ithocles to marry the jealous and contemptible Bassanes, ...
Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre  

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The brainchild of local tradesman Leslie Evershed-Martin (1903–94) and funded by public subscription, the 1,400-seat theatre situated in a West Sussex park in the south of England opened in 1962 ...
English drama

English drama  

Prior to 1567, there were no purpose-built playhouses in England, Scotland, or Wales. Drama was performed in a range of public and private spaces from innyards and churchyards to the ...
Giorgio Albertazzi

Giorgio Albertazzi  

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(1925– )Italian actor who made his debut in Florence in plays by Alfred de Musset, John Ford, and the early modern Italian playwright Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena. In 1949 Luchino ...
Hartley Coleridge

Hartley Coleridge  

(1796–1849),eldest son of S. T. Coleridge. He lost his Oxford fellowship for intemperance. In 1833 he published Poems, Songs and Sonnets and his unfinished Biographia Borealis, retitled Worthies of ...
historical drama

historical drama  

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Any dramatic genre—tragedy, comedy, melodrama—loses coherence upon close scrutiny, but historical drama seems to lose the most. The term is often arbitrarily applied (Shakespeare's Richard III is ...
History of the Reign of Henry VII

History of the Reign of Henry VII  

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By Francis Bacon, published in 1622. An innovatory historiographer, Bacon rejects in this work the medieval chronicle form and the idea of history as the theatre of God's providence. He ...
John Warburton

John Warburton  

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(1682–1759),English antiquarian and book collector, who had at one time in his possession some 60 Elizabethan and Jacobean plays in manuscript, many of them unique copies of works which ...
John Webster

John Webster  

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(c. 1578–c. 1626),combined the careers of coachmaker and playwright. He wrote several plays in collaboration with other dramatists; these include Westward Hoe and Northward Hoe, with Dekker (both ...
Lover's Melancholy

Lover's Melancholy  

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A romantic comedy by J. Ford, printed 1629.The conventional romantic plot is the framework for Ford's analysis of love melancholy, strongly influenced by Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. The play ...
Love's Sacrifice

Love's Sacrifice  

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A tragedy by J. Ford, printed 1633.
Penelope Rich

Penelope Rich  

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(c. 1562–1607),sister of Robert Devereux, earl of Essex. In 1581 she was unhappily married to Lord Rich, and soon after provided the model for Sidney's ‘Stella’. The exact nature of their ...
Perkin Warbeck

Perkin Warbeck  

B. 1474; d. 23 Nov. 1499.Warbeck was brought forward in 1491, claiming to be Edward IV's younger son, Richard, duke of York. He received much help from Henry VII's enemies, including the king of ...
Philip Massinger

Philip Massinger  

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(1583–1640).His father was the trusted agent of the Herbert family, to members of which the playwright addressed various dedications and poems. He became the chief collaborator of J. Fletcher after ...
revenge tragedy

revenge tragedy  

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A dramatic genre that flourished in the late Elizabethan and Jacobean period, sometimes known as ‘the tragedy of blood’. Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (c.1587) helped to establish a demand for this ...
Salisbury Court Theatre

Salisbury Court Theatre  

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A hall playhouse built in 1629 by Richard Gunnell in the Whitefriars precinct, south of Fleet Street in London. Gunnell was an actor hoping to emulate the two other hall ...
Thomas Dekker

Thomas Dekker  

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(?1572–1632),was born and mainly lived in London. He suffered from poverty and was several times imprisoned for debt. He was engaged by Henslowe about 1595 to write plays (over 40 of which are now ...

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