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Jakob Ayrer (1544–1605)

Ayrer, Jakob (ī’rer). A German dramatist; died in Nuremberg, March 26, 1605. Next to Hans Sachs the most prolific dramatist of Germany in the sixteenth century; in 1595–1605 he wrote more than 100 plays, of which the ‘Opus Theatricum’ (Nuremberg, 1618) contains 30 tragedies and comedies, and 36 Shrovetide plays and vaudevilles (Singspiele). In his dramas the influence of the English stage is apparent.