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The business of playing : the beginnings of the adult professional theater in Elizabethan London

Author: William Ingram
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Possessing only quasi-amateur standing in the early 1500s, London's adult professional theater troupes became the basis for an enterprise that by the end of the century was to provide livelihoods for many stage players and businessmen and their families. William Ingram here reconstructs the economic and social history of this remarkable growth through the eyes of the participants themselves - actors, managers, and
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Ingram
ISBN: 0801426715 9780801426711
OCLC Number: 25410624
Description: xvi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Narrative concerns --
Evidence and narrative --
Economics and narrative : stage players in London --
Places to begin --
The politics of control : playing at mid-century --
John Brayne, Grocer : Stepney, 1567 --
1576 and its narratives --
New economies for the 1570s : the city of London, 1574-1576 --
A playhouse at Newington : Jerome Savage, 1576 --
A playhouse at Shoreditch : The Theater, 1576 --
Another playhouse at Shoreditch : the Curtain, 1576.
Responsibility: William Ingram.

Abstract:

Possessing only quasi-amateur standing in the early 1500s, London's adult professional theater troupes became the basis for an enterprise that by the end of the century was to provide livelihoods for many stage players and businessmen and their families. William Ingram here reconstructs the economic and social history of this remarkable growth through the eyes of the participants themselves - actors, managers, and entrepreneurs, including such important figures as Jerome.

Savage, John Brayne, Henry Laneman, and James Burbage. Ingram examines the wider context of the development of the business of playing during the Elizabethan period - a time of foreign wars and political intrigue, of spiraling inflation and civic unrest, of entrepreneurship and piety. He explores the theatrical situation in London from the end of the reign of Henry VIII in the middle years of the sixteenth century and considers the implications of the building of the Red.

Lion stage in 1567. He covers in unprecedented detail the circumstances that led in 1576 to the construction of the first three London playhouses - the Theater, the Curtain, and the playhouse at Newington Butts in Surrey. Based on a wealth of primary research, The Business of Playing will be essential reading for theater historians and others interested in the literature and the social and cultural history of the English Renaissance.

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