William Shakespeare’s tryst with a female fan

By Lexi Finnigan for The Telegraph, 3 December 2015

A diary entry showing a rare and bawdy glimpse into Shakespeare’s character as a womaniser will be on display to the public for the first time ever in a major British Library exhibition next year.

The anecdote, discovered by scholars inside the journal of law student John Manningham, recounts an amusing story about Shakespeare, his actor friend Richard Burbage and a tryst with a female fan.

In 1602, Burbage was at the height of his fame playing Richard III at the Globe theatre.

After one performance, a female admirer gave Burbage her name and address and invited him to pay her a late-night visit, using the code name ‘Richard III’.

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