Elizabethan Plays

Marlowe, Jonson, Lyly, Shakespeare, Webster, dekker

Events

Performances

1564 - 1648

Marlowe

Born
1564

Born

1564

Marlowe born

1564

Father prosperous shoemaker in Canterbury, site of many religous plays

Awarded 6 yr Cambridge scholarship to enter Protestant ministry

1580

Joins agency to spy 'part time'against Catholic monarchists

1584

Receives M A from Cambridge

1587

Tamburlaine performed. Henslowe producer

Dr Faustus written

1588

Living in London

Agent/spy in Holland

1591 - 1592

Involved in counterfeiting

Stabbed in tavern brawl

1592

Edward II

1592

First performance on tour because of plague in London

Stabbed to death

1593

Shakespeare

1564 to 1650

Born

1564

Henry VI produced

1592

Henslowe producer

Comedy of errors

1594

Christmas Celebration at Gray's inn

Opening of Globe The

1599

Julius Caeser

1600

Richard II

1601

Elizabeth said "I am Richard II, know ye not that."

King Lear

1606

Shakespeare Dies

1611

Macbeth and The Tempest

1611

Ben Jonson

Plays, Poems, Masques

Ben Jonson born

1572

Everyman In His Humour

1598

Day after first performance Jonson killed an actor in a duel. In jail converted to Catholicism.

Everyman In His Humour

1598

Day after first performance Jonson killed an actor in a duel. In jail converted to Catholicism.

Volpone

1605

The Alchemist

1610

Died

1637

John Webster

Plays

Possible date of birth

1578

Little is known of his life. Worked for Henslowe company. Collaborated as staff playwright for company. May have died in 1625

The Duchess of Malfi

1613

Considered among the greatest tragedies of English renaissance drama

John Lyly

Prose, Plays

John Lyly

1553 - 1606

Created a mannered style known as "euphuism", comedies and poetry. "Most fashionable and most successful of English writers of time'". Pre-Shakespeare. Play Endymion 1588 shows cult of flattery in court of Elizabeth I

History

Tudor Dynasty begins with Henry VII

1485

Henry VIII is King

1509

Two problems: rivalry with France and having a son/heir. Divorces/murders wives with aim of fathering a male heir

Semi-war with France

1514 - 1523

Church of England established by Henry VIII

1534

Pope refuses to grant divorce so Henry VIII starts C of E (Protestant) becomes head of church anf obtains divorce

Elizabeth becomes Queen

1558 - 1603

Elizabeth Tudor born 1533, died 1603. father Henry VIII, mother Anne Boleyn. Great Queen, fostered or didn't impede expansion in all areas of arts, exploration, sciences. England flourished under Queen who maximed: "I see and say nothing."

Queen Elizabeth

1558

Protestant is Queen of England

Q. Elizabeth Excommunicated

1570

Pope Pius V punished E for "schism"and persecuting Catholics

Holinshed's Chronicles History of England published

1577

Lifes of Kings of Englanf, Scotland, ireland to 1575 becmae bases for Marlowe's Edward II and Shakespeare's Macbethm King Lear and the other "chronicle plays".

Drake sails around the world

1580

Drake captured Spanish ships laden with gold, raided ports in Spain and her colonies in South America. Helped destroy the Spanish Armada, rescued survivors of Raleigh's colony in Virginia
He lost his last battles in Puerto Rico. Bured at sea in 1596 in full armor.

Spanish Armada defeated

1588

The Faerie Queene poem by Spenser

1590

One of the great poems of the English language

Plague in London closes theaters

1592

Acting troupes forced to tour provinces

James VI of Scotland is King James I, takes over Shajespeare's troupe to become King's Men

1603

Queen lizabeth dies

1603

Patron of many playwrights nd theater

Virginia Company founded Jamestown in USA

1607

First English settlement in North America Tobacco grown and sold in England. Sir Walter Raleigh attempted unsuccessfully in 1584 to colonize in North Carolina; "the Lost Colony"

Othello

1664

Measure For Measure

1664