When the Puritans closed the theaters in 1642, they destroyed a theatrical world we have since come to cherish. With the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, play going resumed but the age of Faustus and Hamlet had come to an end. An artistic community is a living entity and two decades of barrenness had taken its toll. It would take time and care for fruit the equal of Shakespeare to once again ripen. For that to happen the spirit of the English Renaissance had to cross the Atlantic and come to America. There in a new land it took root and grew. Finally, four centuries after Shakespeare, the world once again saw truly great English drama.
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