We have to keep in mind that in Shakespeare
's times theatre was not as it is today - while he performed with a troupe
before an audience, less moralistic
companies allowed the audience to... uhmm. Participate
. Only towards the nineteenth century did we move to fully observational theatre as we know it today.
If one looks closely, only the upper-class
affairs were tightly regulated during the Elizabethan Era
, the commoners were as dirty as ever. Sexual
performances were not uncommon, and because of church law young boys had to play the roles of women. A good example of this is found in the beginning of Rosenkrantz and Guildentein are dead
, where the protagonists run into a traveling troupe inviting them to partake in a 'play
' featuring a small boy dressed as a woman.
So, in comparison, Shakespeare was clean as a whistle - and therefore allowed to perform for the queen.