So the news of the day is somebody claiming that "Black Luce" mentioned in Henslowe's diaries must have been Shakespeare's "Dark Lady". The problem with these stories is that people who don't follow Shakespeare will see it in the popular press and think, "Oh, interesting, well then I guess that's an answer to that question." Meanwhile people with the slightest passing interest in researching Shakespeare will think, "Great, another unproveable theory - get in line."
I think this theory is amusing because I heard it not from that link but from Twitter user "ProfShakespeare", aka Grace Ioppolo, who I hope doesn't mind me citing her research since she did a much better job than I ever would. She also happens to be Founder and Director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project, so why not get your information from somebody who deals with the original source material every day?
- Online access to the manuscript of Henslowe's diary so you can do your own detective work: http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/essays/henslowediary.html
- "Henslowe dined with Gilbert East & Peter Street, the Fortune's builder, many times in summer 1600, during the building of that theatre.Henslowe's records of dining with Gilbert East & Peter Street (from line 2)" http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/images/MSS-7/099r.html
- Henslowe lists 'Lewce Easst' as a tenant at the Boar's Head in 1604 (3rd line in second list, on 2nd half of page): http://www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/images/MSS-7/177v.html
Who invented Shakespearean theatre?Burbage & Shakespearehttp://www.reading.ac.uk/english-literature/aboutus/ell-shakespeare-conference-2012.aspx
Henslowe & Alleyn:
Who Invented the "Shakespearean Theatre"?
Saturday, 24th November 24th 2012, 10am-5pm
The University of Reading