William Shakespeare History Plays

 

William Shakespeare History Plays

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  • Principal Actors who performed in William Shakespeare History Plays
  • Dates of first performances and printing of William Shakespeare History Plays

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William Shakespeare History Plays
The works of William Shakespeare were divided into three categories - comedies, tragedies and histories. History themed Plays brought massive audiences to the theatre. Globe Theatre actors specialised in performing in History plays. These actors not only required acting skills but were also expected to be able to display excellent fencing skills. The acoustics at the Globe Theatre were poor so they needed strong voices and their acting styles required exaggerated gestures. The most famous History play actors were also skilled in the tragedies of the Elizabethan era and included:

  • Richard Burbage
  • William Shakespeare
  • Will Sly
  • John Lowin
  • John Heminges
  • Henry Condell
  • Alex Cooke

Dates of First Performances of the William Shakespeare History Plays
The following information details the first performances of the William Shakespeare History plays:

  • King Henry IV Part 1 - 1597-98
  • King Henry IV Part 2 - 1597-98
  • King Henry V - 1598-99
  • King Henry VI Part 1 - 1592 March 3
  • King Henry VI Part 2 - 1592-93
  • King Henry VI Part 3 - 1592-93
  • King Henry VIII - 1612-13
  • King John - 1596-97
  • Richard II - 1601 February 7
  • Richard III - 1600-01

Dates of the First Printing of the William Shakespeare History Plays
The following information details the first printing of the William Shakespeare History plays:

  • King Henry IV Part 1 - 1598
  • King Henry IV Part 2 - 1600
  • King Henry V - 1600
  • King Henry VI Part 1 - 1594
  • King Henry VI Part 2 - 1594
  • King Henry VI Part 3 - 1623
  • King Henry VIII - 1623
  • King John - 1623
  • Richard II - 1597
  • Richard III - 1597

The 1623 dates relate to the publication of the First Folio.

William Shakespeare History Plays
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William Shakespeare History Plays

  • Interesting Facts and information about William Shakespeare History Plays
  • Principal Actors who performed in William Shakespeare History Plays
  • Dates of first performances and printing of William Shakespeare History Plays
  • Globe Theatre in the Elizabethan era of the English Renaissance period
  • Elizabethan Theatre in the 16th century

William Shakespeare History Plays

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