Playgoing in Shakespeare's London

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 - Drama - 344 pages
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This is a newly revised edition of Andrew Gurr's classic account of the people for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays. Gurr assembles evidence from the writings of the time to describe the physical, social and mental conditions of playgoing. For this edition, as well as revising and adding new material which has emerged since the second edition, Gurr develops new sections about points of special interest. Fifty new entries have been added to the list of playgoers and there are a dozen fresh quotations about the experience of playgoing.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
2 Physical conditions
14
THE HALL PLAYHOUSES
26
PERFORMING CONDITIONS
38
AUDITORIUM BEHAVIOUR
51
Social composition
58
SOCIAL CLASSES IN LONDON
64
WHO WENT WHERE
69
MASS EMOTION AND THE ARMADA 158899
161
RULE RELIGION AND REVENGE 158899
167
CURRENT AFFAIRS 15881603
170
CITIZEN STAPLES AND JULIETS REBELLION 15881605
176
THE WAR OF RAILING 15991609
184
CITY COMEDY 15991614
191
THE SETTLED HIERARCHY
195
BEESTONS COCK AND BULL 161630
202

DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLAYGOER
85
Mental composition
95
AUDIENCES OR SPECTATORS
102
LEARNED EARS
116
LEVELS OF AWARENESS
124
PLAYGOER REACTIONS
128
The evolution of tastes
143
TARLTONS FOLLOWERS 157688
150
LYLYS SPECIAL APPEAL 158090
158
THE BLACKFRIARS IN THE 1630s
209
CITIZENS IN THE LAST YEARS 163042
215
Playgoers 15671642
224
References to playgoing
247
Notes
302
Select bibliography
317
Index
329
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About the author (2004)

Andrew Gurr is Emeritus Professor, University of Reading. His many books include The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642 (third edition 1993), Writers in Exile, Playgoing in Shakespeare's London (second edition 1996), The Shakespearian Playing Companies (1996), and (with Mariko Ichikawa) Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres (2000).

Andrew Gurr is Emeritus Professor, University of Reading. His many books include The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642 (third edition 1993), Writers in Exile, Playgoing in Shakespeare's London (second edition 1996), The Shakespearian Playing Companies (1996), and (with Mariko Ichikawa) Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres (2000).

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