Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher


Henry VIII is a collaborative history play, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of Henry VIII. An alternative title, All Is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, with the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play's publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic evidence indicates that individual scenes were written by either Shakespeare or his collaborator and successor, John Fletcher. It is also somewhat characteristic of the late romances in its structure. It is noted for having more stage directions than any of Shakespeare's other plays.
During a performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in 1613, a cannon shot employed for special effects ignited the theatre's thatched roof (and the beams), burning the original Globe building to the ground.
Excerpted from Henry VIII on Wikipedia.

person AuthorWilliam Shakespeare & John Fletcher
language CountryEngland
api GenreDrama, History Play
copyright CopyrightPublic domain worldwide.
camera_alt Book coverQueen Katherine's Dream by William Blake, c. 1825. NGA 11638, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C
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