It’s now acknowledged that the writing of plays for the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre was a complex and collaborative business. The text of , attributed to Thomas Kyd, is an example of such a play. It has long been speculated that the additional passages that appeared in the 1602 4th quarto of the play were written by Shakespeare. These arguments have been based on studies by Brian Vickers looking at vocabulary, but Douglas Bruster now claims to have found additional parallels between the spellings of words in these passages and the three pages of the manuscript. This is of course a tricky argument: nobody can be 100% sure that Shakespeare wrote these pages, but here’s a article, and another to the
Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre: An Introduction. A few dates. 1576 Building of the first public theatre, known as The Theatre, by James Burbage and John Braynes, north of the river and outside the city walls. Used by most of the major companies. Master of the Revels
Elizabethan and Jacobean London contained a myriad of playhouses, indoors and outdoors. What follows is a very brief outline of some of the most famous of those playhouses, arranged alphabetically. ('Hover' mouse pointer over picture to see caption. Click to go to larger version with more information).