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1559 CE: Elizabeth Io England prohibits the performance of unlicensed plays.
1564 CE - 1616 CE: Life of William Shakespeare.
1564 CE - 1593 CE: Life of the English poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe.
1572 CE: Only nobles are now permitted to sponsor plays and acting companies.
1572 CE - 1637 CE: Life of the poet and playwright Ben Jonson.
1574 CE: Introduction of licensing for all acting companies in England.
1576 CE: The first purpose-built and permanent theatre in England is built in London, the Theatre.
1585 CE: The first performance of Richard Tarlton's 'Seven Deadly Sins'.
1587 CE: The Rose theatre opens in London.
1587 CE: The first performance of Christopher Marlowe's 'Tamburlaine the Great'.
1589 CE: William Shakespeare writes his first play, 'Henry VI Part I'.
1592 CE: A wave of Black Death plague closes all theatres in London for one year.
1595 CE: The Swan theatre opens in London.
1596 CE: The first performance of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.
1597 CE: The first performance of Ben Jonson's 'Isle of Dogs'.
1599 CE: Opening of the Globe Theatre in London.
1599 CE: The first performance of William Shakespeare's 'Henry V'.
1601 CE: The first performance of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
1606 CE: The first performance of William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
1614 CE: The Globe Theatre in London is rebuilt after the original was destroyed by fire.
1623 CE: The First Folio is printed, a collection of 36 of William Shakespeare’s plays.
1642 CE - 1660 CE: Puritans ensure the closure of all theatres in England.