Today In History- April 23

Today In History- April 23


Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.

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Shakespeare performs for Elizabeth I.

  • London, England

A significant event in history, on Apr. 23, 1597, Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor was performed for Queen Elizabeth I and her subjects.  Shakespeare had previously encountered opposition in previous years, with his theatres being closed and actors persecuted.  Elizabeth I differed in the acceptance of art and literature in the empire than with previous monarchs, and marked a continuation of the creative genius of William Shakespeare.

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