Did Galileo Influence Theater?

August 31, 2011 by CPH Education Department in The Life of Galileo

Did Galileo Influence Theater?

William Shakespeare was born in 1564, just two month before the birth of Galileo. Shakespeare’s works were influenced by earlier writings such as ancient and Greek plays, but they were also heavily influenced by the world around him. Shakespeare describes the sights and sounds of London in his plays. His works include observations about current political struggles, the fear of diseases, and the popular language of the city's tradesmen and other professionals. Was Galileo one of those professionals that influenced Shakespeare’s plays? Galileo's discovery of the four brightest moons of Jupiter was reported in his 1610 publication of Sidereus Nuncius. Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline, which first appeared about six months after Galileo’s publication, seemingly makes a strong connection to Galileo’s publication: While one character is asleep on the ground, Jupiter is hanging in the air above him, with four ghosts circling the tableau. It is possible that the ghosts represent the four moons of Jupiter that had recently been announced by Galileo in Sidereus Nuncius.




Upcoming Events  |  view all shows  |  view calendar

About The Little Foxes

Click on Artistic Director Laura Kepley's picture to hear why she selected The Little Foxes to open CPH's 99th Season.

Don't miss a single show!

Check out the exciting line-up for our spectacular 99th season. Subscriptions are on sale now.

CPH Education Programs

Watch this short video to see how CPH serves our community with an array of outstanding education initiatives.