Mucedorus | William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

The 1610 edition says it is by Shakespeare, and the play was in a volume of Shakespeare in the library of Charles the Second. But, well, likely not actually a Shakespeare…. Perhaps by Robert Green (1558 – 1592) This play is mentioned as being popular in the 1611 Beaumont and Fletcher play ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’;. In fact, Mucedorus ‘was enormously successful. This absurd play, with the merits and defects of a nursery tale, was acted by strolling companies everywhere till long after the Commonwealth, and passed through seventeen editions between 1598 and 1700, a record unequaled in the history of the pre-Restoration drama.’

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