Researcher finds first arrival of Shakespeare’s plays in Portugal

John Stone, a professor at the University of Barcelona, has found the request for two copies of Shakespeare’s Othello to be sent to Lisbon in 1765, in the correspondence of the English scholar John Preston, a professor at the English College in Lisbon, addressed to the college’s London agent, John Sheppard. Stone found this reference in the Ushaw College, in Durham (United Kingdom), where all the documents from the English College in Lisbon are now kept, after it closed its doors in 1973, after more than three hundred years of activity.

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