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John Marston

(1576—1634) poet and playwright

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Antonio and Mellida

Antonio and Mellida  

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A two‐part play by J. Marston, printed 1602, probably acted two years earlier; it provided Jonson with materials for his ridicule of Marston in The Poetaster. Set in Italy, it is a drama of passion ...
Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson  

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(1572/3–1637),born in London of Border descent. He was educated at Westminster School under Camden. During the early 1590s he worked as a bricklayer in his stepfather's employ, and saw military ...
Billie Whitelaw

Billie Whitelaw  

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(b. Coventry, 6 June 1932)Actress. The leading English-speaking interpreter of Samuel Beckett's dramas, she performed, at the Royal Court or the National Theatre, in Play (1964), Not I (1973) ...
boys' companies

boys' companies  

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Plays performed by boys, in Latin or in English, were a popular element of education at the Tudor grammar schools, an activity extended with academic plays performed by students as ...
Children of Paul's

Children of Paul's  

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A company of boy actors, recruited from the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral, whose performances enjoyed great popularity at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th cents. The Children of the ...
city comedy

city comedy  

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A kind of comic drama produced in the London theatres of the early 17th century, characterized by its contemporary urban subject-matter and its portrayal, often satirical, of middle-class life and ...
Crispinus

Crispinus  

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A false poet in Jonson's The Poetaster, in part a caricature of J. Marston.
Curtain Theatre

Curtain Theatre  

London, in Curtain Close, Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch. This playhouse opened in 1577, a year after its close neighbour the Theatre, which it resembled. It housed a number of distinguished companies ...
Cynthia's Revels

Cynthia's Revels  

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An allegorical comedy by Jonson, performed 1600, printed 1601.The play satirizes various court vices represented by characters whose names typify their failings. The song of Hesperus in Act V, ‘Queen ...
Dutch Courtezan

Dutch Courtezan  

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A comedy by Marston, printed 1605.
Dutch wars

Dutch wars  

In 1584, William the Silent, the Protestant leader of the Dutch opposition to Spanish rule in the Low Countries, was assassinated at Delft. Should the Dutch resistance be annihilated altogether ...
Eastward Ho

Eastward Ho  

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A: George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston Pf: 1605, London Pb: 1605 G: Com. in 5 acts; blank verse and prose S: London, 16th c. C: 19m, 8f, extrasWilliam Touchstone, goldsmith, has two ...
Everard Guilpin

Everard Guilpin  

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(fl.1598)English poet Skialetheia; or, A Shadow of Truth, in Certaine Epigrams or Satyres (1598) PoetryThe Whipper of the Satyre his Pennance in a White Sheete (1601) PoetrySkialetheia; or, A Shadow ...
George Chapman

George Chapman  

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(?1559–1634),born near Hitchin, in Hertfordshire. After more than a decade as a professional playwright he turned to his major work of translating Homer, completed in 1616. Chapman's earliest ...
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas  

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(1544–90),French poet. His most famous work was the creation epic La Semaine (1578, complete English trans. by Sylvester, 1605, Devine Weekes and Workes). Partly because of his Protestant ...
Henry Condell

Henry Condell  

(d. 1627)An actor and shareholder in the same company as Shakespeare; with John Heminges, he was responsible for the publication of the First Folio. Shakespeare left him 26s. 8d. to buy a mourning ...
John Heminges

John Heminges  

(1566–1630), and(d. 1627),were fellow actors of Shakespeare and joint editors of the First Folio of his plays (1623). Heming is said to have been the first player of Falstaff.
John Lowin

John Lowin  

(c.1576–c.1659)English actor and manager. Lowin made his career with the King's Men (see Chamberlain's Men) whom he joined by 1603 when he appeared in the cast list for Jonson's ...
John Sincler

John Sincler  

(fl. 1592–1604),actor (Pembroke's Men 1592–3, Chamberlain's King's Men 1598–1604). Sincler is named in the plot of 2 Seven Deadly Sins (performed before 1594, possibly by Strange's Men), the 1623 ...
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 ...

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