1616: A Momentous Year

[Music – harpsichord and lute play throughout] Soul of the age The applause, delight the wonder of our stage My Shakespeare, rise! He was not of an age, but for all time. And all the Muses still were in their prime [Voice over – Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education] This year at Shakespeare’s Globe we’re
celebrating several important events that happened in 1616 other than the death of course
of William Shakespeare. Philip Henslowe the great theatre impresario who built the Rose Playhouse, he died in 1616 Francis Beaumont the playwright the great Spanish writer Cervantes, the great
Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu died and in 1616 Ben Jonson published his own volume of plays in folio So there’s a whole feast of activity that happened in 1616 and of course we will also be remembering a certain man called William Shakespeare too [Music crescendos] When, like Apollo, he came forth to warm our ears or like a Mercury to charm! [Music ends]

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