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1594

Performance and Publication in 1594

What kind of insights do we get when we consider plays produced, on stage and in print, in a single year?

Publication date from Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe, The tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage (London: by the Widdowe Orwin, for Thomas Woodcocke, 1594).

Plays in the Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama first performed in 1594.
Plays in the Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama first published in 1594.

Primary Documents

Marlowe, Christopher and Thomas Nashe. The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage. London: Printed by the Widdowe Orwin, for Thomas Woodcocke, 1594.
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EMED play entry

Marlowe, Christopher. The troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the second, King of England: with the tragicall fall of proud Mortimer. London: [by Robert Robinson] for William Jones, 1594.
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EMED play entry

Marlowe, Christopher. The Massacre at Paris: With the Death of the Duke of Guise. London: by [Edward Allde] for Edward White, 1594.
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EMED play entry

Shakespeare, William. The most lamentable Romaine tragedie of Titus Andronicus As it was plaide by the right honourable the Earle of Darbie, Earle of Pembrooke, and Earle of Sussex their seruants. London: printed by Iohn Danter, and are to be sold by Edward White & Thomas Millington, at the little North doore of Paules at the signe of the Gunne, 1594.
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, “Stationers Register entry for Titus Andronicus, February 6, 1594.” Liber B. 1576-1595. Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK. Liber B, fol. 304v.
Shakespeare Documented

Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, “Stationers Register entry for Taming of a Shrew, May 2 and 9, 1594.” Liber B. 1576-1595. Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK. Liber B, fol. 306v.
Shakespeare Documented

Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, “Stationers Register entry for Locrine, July 20, 1594.” Liber B. 1576-1595. Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK. Liber B, fol. 310v.
Shakespeare Documented

Contexts

All items dated ‘1594’ in the Folger image collection

Secondary Sources

Albright, Evelyn May. Dramatic Publication in England, 1580–1640: A Study of Conditions Affecting Content and Form of Drama. London: Oxford University Press, 1927.

Blayney, Peter W. M. “The Alleged Popularity of Playbooks,” Shakespeare Quarterly 56, no.1 (2005): 33-50. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3844025

Farmer, Alan B. and Lesser, Zachary. “The Popularity of Playbooks Revisited.” Shakespeare Quarterly 56.1 (2005): 1–32. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3844024

Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

---. The Shakespeare Company, 1594–1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

---. “Venues on the Verges: London’s Theater Government between 1594 and 1614.” Shakespeare Quarterly 16, no. 4 (2010): 468–489. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40985627

Knutson, Roslyn. “What’s So Special about 1594?” Shakespeare Quarterly 16, no. 4 (2010): 449–467. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40985626

Maguire, Laurie. Shakespearean Suspect Texts: The ‘Bad’ Quartos and Their Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

McMillin, Scott and Sally-Beth MacLean. The Queen’s Men and their Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Smith, Helen. “The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare’s Time.” A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text. Ed. Andrew Murphy. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010. 17–34.

Stallybrass, Peter and Roger Chartier. “Reading and Authorship: The Circulation of Shakespeare 1590-1619.” A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text. Ed. Andrew Murphy. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010. 35–56.

Syme, Holger. “The Meaning of Success: Stories of 1594 and Its Aftermath.” Shakespeare Quarterly 61, no. 4 (2010): 490–525.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/40985628

Van Es, Bart. Shakespeare in Company. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.