The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 23, 1992 - Drama - 280 pages
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The Shakespearean Stage is the only authoritative book that describes all the main features of the original staging of Shakespearean drama in one volume: the acting companies and their acting styles, the playhouses, the staging and the audiences. For twenty years it has been hailed as not only the most reliable but the liveliest and most entertaining overview of Shakespearean theater available to students. For this third edition Professor Gurr has substantially revised the book, bringing it right up to date and incorporating many new discoveries, including those of the archaeologists at the sites of the Rose and Globe theaters. The invaluable appendix, which lists all the plays performed at a particular playhouse, the playing company and date of performance, has also been revised and rearranged.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
2 THE LONDON FOCUS
4
3 LIFE IN LONDON
12
4 SOCIAL DIVISIONS
14
5 THE POETS
18
6 THE CITY AND THE COURT
22
The Companies
27
2 THE EARLY BOY COMPANIES
33
3 EARLY AMPHITHEATRE DESIGN
121
4 LATER AMPHITHEATRE DESIGN
136
5 THE HALL PLAYHOUSES
154
6 COURT THEATRES
164
The Staging
172
2 HALL AND AMPHITHEATRE STAGING
176
3 STAGE REALISM
180
4 STAGE PROPERTIES
187

4 THE STRONG COMPANIES
41
5 THE LATER BOY COMPANIES
49
6 THE LATER ADULT COMPANIES
55
7 COMPANY STRUCTURE
67
8 GOVERNMENT CONTROL
72
The Players
80
2 FAMOUS CLOWNS
84
3 FAMOUS TRAGEDIANS
90
4 STYLES OF ACTING
95
5 THE REPERTORY SYSTEM
103
The Playhouses
115
2 THE HISTORY OF PLAYHOUSEBUILDING
118
5 STAGE COSTUMES
193
6 COURT STAGING
200
7 DIRECTING PERFORMANCES
208
The Audiences
212
2 SOCIAL DIVISIONS IN THE PLAYHOUSES
215
3 AUDIENCE BEHAVIOUR
222
4 CHANGES IN FASHION
229
A Select List of Plays and their Playhouses
232
Notes
244
Select Bibliography
261
Index
271
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