No matter how many times I see an article like “6 Myths You Still Believe About Shakespeare” I always click and skim to see whether there’s something new under the sun. This one had all the usual — his birthday’s not necessarily on 4/23, he didn’t get all his money from writing, the plays weren’t “published” in his lifetime, and so on.
But this one was new to me:
The building in Southwark known as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a reconstruction that opened in 1997 – almost 400 years after the original was built. The original was ruined by fire after an accident involving the firing of a cannon during a 1613 production of ‘Henry VIII.’ It was rebuilt the following year only to be demolished in the 1640’s under Puritan pressure.
Emphasis mine. I knew about the burning of course, but I never realized that the Puritans had it burned less than a generation after Shakespeare was gone? “A bunch of us are sailing to America. Last one to leave England, don’t forget to burn the Globe.”
Has somebody out there got more timeline on this? What happened to Middleton and Fletcher and Jonson and all the others that were still alive after Shakespeare was gone? For that matter what exactly was going on at the Globe after Shakespeare, who kept writing for them?
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