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Playgoing in Shakespeare's London

Author: Andrew Gurr
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gurr
ISBN: 0521580145 9780521580144 0521574498 9780521574495
OCLC Number: 34471924
Description: xviii, 307 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Physical conditions. a. The amphitheatre playhouses. b. The hall playhouses. c. Performing conditions. d. Auditorium behaviour --
3. Social composition. a. Social classes in England. b. Social classes in London. c. Who went where. d. Different kinds of playgoer --
4. Mental composition. a. The mental range. b. Audiences or spectators. c. Learned ears. d. Levels of awareness. e. Playgoer reactions --
5. The evolution of tastes. a. The first paying playgoers, 1567-87. b. Tarlton's followers 1576-88. c. Lyly's special appeal, 1580-9. d. Mass emotion and the Armada, 1588-99. e. Rule, religion and revenge, 1588-99. f. Current affairs, 1588-99. g. Citizen staples and Juliet's rebellion, 1588-1605. h. The war of railing, 1599-1609. i. City comedy, 1599-1614. j. 1609 and the settled hierarchy. k. Beeston's Cock and Bull, 1616-30. l. The Blackfriars in the 1630s. m. Citizens in the last years, 1630-42 --
Appendix 1. Playgoers 1567-1642.
Other Titles: Play going in Shakespeare's London
Responsibility: Andrew Gurr.

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