1 January 1555
Degree of relationship to ancient play:
Smith reports that "The deviser of Jack Juggler has taken the first scene of Plautus's Amphitruo, anglicized the characters and dialogue, and turned the scene into a self-contained raucous farce" (p.147). The play was first printed in 1562, but written perhaps several years earlier; the year of first performance is unknown, but likely to be around the mid-1550s. Boas reports that "Jacke Jugeler [was] written probably during the reign of Mary by a Protestant zealot who turned the Plautine confusion of identity in Amphitruo into an attack on transubstantiation" (p.69). He goes on to say that it was most likely performed by schoolboys.
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