Theatre before Shakespeare/playwright Thomas Nashe

Is Academia slowly coming our way? Two conferences will be held later this year on these intriguing subjects:

A free Thomas Nashe Symposium at the Globe, 20 May, 2017 and

BEFORE Shakespeare, the Beginnings of London Commercial Theatre
1565 – 1595, at Roehampton University, London, 24-27 August, 2017.
Call for papers is out, deadline for abstracts is 30 March, 2017.

It is a fact, that William Shakspere came a bit late to London/was too young, to be part of the beginning of the Commercial Theatre boom, which is thought (by Stratfordian scholars) to be a bit of a problem and the reason he picked up so much that had already been written, and converted it, masterfully, into the Shakespeare cannon.

Thomas Nashe was a satirical writer and pamphleteer, sometime compatriot and possibly secretary to Edward De Vere. He dedicated the pamphlet “Strange News” to De Vere in 1592.

The Theatre, the first public, custom-built theatre in London was built in 1576, by James Burbage and John Brayne. It was located north of Bishopsgate and would be followed by The Curtain shortly after. This was the same year that Edward De Vere came back from his Continental Tour, full of impressions of Commedia dell’Arte and the ongoing Renaissance in countries as Italy and France.