1594 in literature
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- Spring - The London theatres re-open after two years of general inactivity due to the bubonic plague epidemic of 1592–94. Many of the actors who used to be Lord Strange's Men form a new organization, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, under the patronage of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, at this time Lord Chamberlain of England.
- April 6 and April 9 - Members of Queen Elizabeth's Men and Sussex's Men perform the early King Leir at The Rose Theatre in London.
- May 14 - The re-organized Admiral's Men begin performances with Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta.
- October - First definitely recorded performance of Marlowe's The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, by the Admiral's Men.
- Christmas - Students of Gray's Inn in London perform The Maske of Proteus and the Adamantine Rock before Queen Elizabeth. Written by Francis Davison with music by Thomas Campion, it is probably the first staged masque in England.
- December 28 - Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is performed at Gray's Inn.
- Franciscus Gomarus becomes professor of theology at Leiden University.
- Sir John Davys - The Seamans Secrets
- Richard Hooker - Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
- Thomas Nashe - The Unfortunate Traveller
- A Knack to Know an Honest Man
- Selimus published
- The Taming of a Shrew published
- The True Tragedy of Richard III published
- Samuel Daniel - Cleopatra
- Robert Greene - published
- Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
- Orlando Furioso
- Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene - A Looking Glass for London published
- Thomas Lodge - The Wounds of Civil War published
- Lope de Vega - El maestro de danzar ("The Dancing Master")
- John Lyly - Mother Bombie published
- Christopher Marlowe (posthumous)
- William Shakespeare:
- Robert Wilson - The Cobbler's Prophecy published
- Richard Barnfield - The Affectionate Shepherd
- George Chapman - The Shadow of Night
- William Shakespeare - The Rape of Lucrece
- Thomas Storer - Life and Death of Cardinal Wolsey
- Henry Willobie - Willobie his Avisa
- January 24 - Pierre de Marca, historian (died 1662)
- September 30 - Antoine Gérard de Saint-Amant, French poet (died 1661)
- date unknown
- April 29 - Thomas Cooper, bishop, lexicographer and writer
- May 30 - Bálint Balassi, Hungarian lyric poet (born 1554)
- June 3 - John Aylmer, constitutionalist and translator
- July - Girolamo Mei, humanist and historian (born 1519)
- July 16 - Thomas Kyd, dramatist (born 1558)
- Orgel, Stephen (1965). The Jonsonian Masque. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. p. 9.