Henry VI, Part 3 1591
Only keen Shakespearean fans will have seen this in the theatre or even read the play all the way through. It is, however, one of the most cherished plays of the anti-Oxford fraternity as Robert Greene takes a line out of it in a Groatsworth of Wit, published in 1592, attaches it to a sacrcastic remark about an upstart Shake-scene and no Oxfordian has been able to explain why. The arguments they make attributing it to other playwrights or other writers are the some of the emptiest but funniest bits of sophistry in the field of authorship debate.
- Wikipedia Chronology
- First official record: version of the play published in octavo in 1595. 3 Henry VI was never entered into the Stationers' Register.
- First published: version of the play published in octavo in 1595 as The True Tragedie of Richard Duke of Yorke, and the death of good King Henrie the Sixt, with the Whole Contention betweene the two Houses Lancaster and Yorke. Play as it exists today first published in the First Folio (1623) as The third Part of Henry the Sixt, with the death of the Duke of Yorke.
- First recorded performance: although it is known that the play was definitely performed in Shakespeare's day, the first recorded performance was not until 1906, when F.R. Benson directed a production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.
- Evidence: It is known that the play was definitely on stage by early 1592 as in A Groatsworth of Wit, Bought with a Million of Repentance, Robert Greene mocked Shakespeare by parodying a line from 3 Henry VI. Groatsworth was registered in the Stationers' Register in September 1592, meaning True Tragedy/3 Henry VImust have been on stage prior to 23 June 1592 as that was when the government shut the London theatres due to an outbreak of plague. To have been on stage by June 1592, the play was most likely written some time in 1591.