Doister Wrote First the First English Comedy Play

Ralph Roister Doister wrote the first English five-act comedy play in doggerel and song that was penned by the English translator, and clergyman Nicholas Udall in 1553. The play incorporated stock comic portrayals of a rowdy 16th-century London, and based on earlier works by the Roman playwrights Terence and Plautus. The play was first performed by Queen Mary’s Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle by the pupils of Westminster School in London, while Udall was schoolmaster.

      1553, 16th Century
      Ralph Roister Doister

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