Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Life and Times of Will
Fact 5: In those days, if Queen Elizabeth became annoyed with people, she would have their heads chopped off.
Fact 6: Edward Alleyn, a famous actor of the time, started acting when he was a teenager and had risen to become the leader of the company, Lord Strange's Men. He was a very tall man, about six feet (people back then were generally short) and he was famous for his loud voice.
Fact 7: People attending the theatre were always loud, unlike now, where people are quiet in their seats. They threw rotten vegetables at the performers if they didn't quite like the play.
Fact 8: Over about a period of ten years, starting in 1593,Will also wrote a few sonnets (a particular kind of short poem.) He was probably very keen don them because he wrote 154! Sonnets have a particular format. They were 14 lines long, and had a strict rhymic scheme.
Fact 9: Christopher Marlowe was probably the most talented writer in London (next to Will). He filmed the Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta and was also a government spy involved in secret activities. He attracted trouble like a plague victim attracts files. Although, quite brilliant, his luck ran out in 1593 when he got into an argumant in a tavern about who was going to pay the bill. He was stabbed throught the eye and killed.