Shakespeare's contemporaries

We regularly stage plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries - playwrights who lived and worked at the same time as Shakespeare.

The popularity of theatre and competition between playwrights in Elizabethan England culminated in a 'golden age of drama' that produced some of the most important works in English literature.

Writers and playwrights working in the same era as Shakespeare include Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, Ben Jonson and Thomas Dekker.

Jack Dapper, Moll Cutpurse and Annie in The Roaring Girl leaning against a brick wall
The Roaring Girl by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.
Photo by Helen Maybanks © RSC – Image Licensing