Playgoing in Shakespeare's London

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 19, 1996 - Drama - 307 pages
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This is a new edition of Andrew Gurr's classic account of the people for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays. Gurr assembles all the evidence from the writings of the time to describe the physical structure of the different types of playhouse, the services provided in the auditorium, the cost of a ticket and a cushion, the size of the crowds, the smells, the pickpockets, and the collective feelings generated by the plays. Since 1987 there have been many new discoveries about Shakespeare's theatres. Gurr introduces fresh evidence about the experience of attending a play in Shakespeare's time, adds more than thirty new entries to his account of the early playgoers and provides a select bibliography.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Physical conditions
13
b The hall playhouses
22
c Performing conditions
32
d Auditorium behaviour
45
Social composition
50
b Social classes in London
55
c Who went where
60
d Mass emotion and the Armada 158899
136
e Rule religion and revenge 158899
142
f Current affairs 158899
145
g Citizen staples and Juliets rebellion 15881605
151
h The war of railing 15991609
158
i City comedy 15991614
165
j 1609 and the settled hierarchy
169
k Beestons Cock and Bull 161630
175

d Different kinds of playgoer
73
Mental composition
81
b Audiences or spectators
86
c Learned ears
98
d Levels of awareness
105
e Playgoer reactions
108
The evolution of tastes
119
b Tarltons followers 157688
126
c Lylys special appeal 15809
133
l The Blackfriars in the 1630s
182
m Citizens in the last years 163042
188
Playgoers 15671642
197
References to playgoing
213
Notes
263
Select bibliography
285
Index
294
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