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Elizabeth I & Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Kids

Elizabeth and the Plays


Elizabeth only saw a few of Shakespeare's plays performed. Shakespeare was born five years after Elizabeth became queen, and many of his plays were not written until after her death.


One Shakespeare play Elizabeth did see performed was The Merry Wives of Windsor.


Look at the title page to the printed version of the play to the right.


Can you read what it says under William Shakespeare's name?

"As it hath been divers times Acted by the right Honorable my Lord Chamberlaines servants. Both before her Majestie, and else-where."


The Lord Chamberlain's servants was Shakespeare's acting troupe. We know from the phrase on the title page that Shakespeare's play was acted by the troupe before the queen, her "Majestie."


Shakespeare. The Merry Wives of Windsor. London, 1602

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