Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was queen of England from 1558 until her death in 1603. Her reign is often called the Golden Age or the Elizabethan Age because it was a time of great achievement in England. Elizabeth established a moderately Protestant Church of England as the country's national church. At the same time, she long avoided war with Europe's leading Roman Catholic nations. The English navy defeated a powerful Spanish fleet, and English merchants and sailors challenged the Spaniards with greater confidence around the world. England's economy also prospered. Elizabeth's court became a center for musicians, scholars, and writers.Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002), was the mother of Queen Elizabeth ll and Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom. She was the widow of King George VI. During her lifetime, the queen mother was one of the most popular members of the royal family. She was known affectionately as the Queen Mum. She also loved to watch Shakespeare's plays and adored them. (Anderson, 6)
Commentary: Queen Elizabeth loved Shakespeare and loved his plays so they were very popular during that time.
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002), was the mother of Queen Elizabeth ll and Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom. She was the widow of King George VI. During her lifetime, the queen mother was one of the most popular members of the royal family. She was known affectionately as the Queen Mum. She also loved to watch Shakespeare's plays and adored them. (Anderson, 4
Commentary: The next queen also loved Shakespeare's plays so that time also loved Shakespeare's plays.
Globe Theatre was an early open-air English theater in London. Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe.They erected the Globe in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark. (Anderson, 3)
Commentary: The globe theatre was the first theatre to show plays and musicals.
Little is known about the Globe's design except what can be learned from maps and evidence from the plays presented there. The Globe was round or polygonal on the outside and probably round on the inside. The theater may have held as many as 3,000 spectators. Its stage occupied the open-air space, with a pit in front for standing viewers. The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating. In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. The Globe was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997. (Anderson, 4
Commentary: The globe theatre's design is very stable for a first theatre.
Shakespeare’s plays have attracted large audiences in big, sophisticated cities and in small, rural towns. His works have been performed on the frontiers of Australia and New Zealand. They were part of the cultural life of the American Colonies and provided entertainment in the mining camps of the Old West. Today, there are theaters in many nations dedicated to staging Shakespeare’s works. (Anderson, 7)
Commentary: Shakespeare attracted some famous people during his time. Queen Elizabeth, Henry David, etc.
Shakespeare used language of startling originality to portray many-sided characters and tell fascinating stories. Critics and readers celebrate him as a great student of human nature. A remarkable group of vivid characters populate his plays. They include rogues and aristocrats, housewives and stuffy teachers, soldiers and generals, shepherds and philosophers. The most successful of these characters create an impression of psychological depth never before seen in English literature. (Anderson, 1)
Commentary: Shakespeare's language can make you very cunfuzzled but after you learn it, it is so easy to read and write.
Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works. The company, also known as the RSC, performs at its own theater at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare's birthplace. The company also stages plays in London. It ranks among the leading theater ensembles in the world.
The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886. The theater burned down in 1926, and the present structure was completed in 1932. (Anderson, 8)
Commentary: After Shakespeare made some good plays, people came to him asking to make some company's to make more plays and make mueny.
Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries. His work has also had an important effect on the literary cultures of such countries as Germany and Russia. In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs. (Anderson, 5)
Commentary: Shakespeare had a very, "interesting" culture. he loved television and he loved to help people whenever he can.
Shakespeare's characters, language, and stories are a source of inspiration, quotation, and imitation. Many words and phrases that first appeared in his plays and poems have become part of our everyday speech. Examples include such common words as assassination , bump , eventful , go-between , gloomy , and lonely , as well as such familiar phrases as fair play , a forgone conclusion , and salad days. (Anderson, 9)
Commentary: When Shakespeare's language came, he also changed the meaning of words and he changed them around.
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced.
Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago. Through the years, most serious actors and actresses have considered the major roles of Shakespeare to be the supreme test of their art. (Anderson, 6)
Commentary: Shakespeare as a kid was had an imagination bigger than the moon and he loved to write.
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