A contemporary of Shakespeare's, John Haywood, is reputed to have written 200 plays! This puts the number written by Shakespeare in dispute, surely? Two of his plays, Cardenio and Love's Labours Won, were thought to have been lost, however definite proof of the latter was discovered in 1953! Other plays written by him, often had … Read more
At the very end of Act 2 scene 1,
(A bell rings),
Macbeth; "I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven, or to hell."
No. Far from it. He was an avid reader, and was also taught Latin at school, so had a very good sound education. He was not a good actor, and so was encouraged to write, by others such as Christopher Marlowe, and so began to 'contribute' to ongoing plays. A line here, a word there, … Read more
No one really knows!
He christened his twins, Hamnet and Judith in 1585, and then disapppeared!
He surfaced 7 years later, in London, pilloried by a dissolute playwright Robert Greene, who introduced him with the tirade, "There is an upstart crow among us!"...
Shakespeare was ALREADY a well known playwright at this time, having first written the … Read more
The Chandos Portrait gives us a good idea of how a rich man looked in Shakespeare's time, because the Chandos Portrait IS supposed to be of him!
It shows a well dressed, but somewhat Bohemian gentleman, looking confidently at you from the canvas, he has a receding hairline, a small 'Van Dyke' beard, wears a big … Read more
In Act 4, scene 2. This short scene is most harrowing, as first, two well intentioned and earnest gentlemen, Ross a Thane, (Earl), and an unnamed messenger, implore Lady Macduff to immediately leave her house as. "Be not found here. Hence with your little ones!... I dare abide no longer."