THE FIRST PERFORMANCES OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE PLAYS
We cannot be totally accurate about the actual first performance dates of many Shakespeare's play because the documented evidence is simply not available but we can estimate the year in which they were performed
Plays were performed very soon after they were written! The theatres wanted the Profit! New Performances meant Bigger Audiences!
As soon as a play had been written it was immediately produced - printing followed productions! So the actors initially used draft scripts called 'foul papers' or were prompted from off-stage
Plays were blatantly copied and stolen - read the section on Quarto Texts - and this plagiarism led to different versions of some of William Shakespeare's plays! In Shakespeare’s time Copyright did not exist!