Elizabethan Theatre

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    • What were Elizabethan theaters like?
      • Theaters could be up to 100 feet in diameter
      • Theaters were often circular or octagon shape
      • The Globe Theater had a 1500 plus audience capacity. Up to 3000 people would flock to the theatre and its grounds
      • The Elizabethan Theatres started in the cobbled courtyards of Inns - they were called Inn-yards. As many as 500 people would attend play performances
    • Why were they so popular?
      • Theaters were one of the very few oppurtunites for seeing entertainment during the Elizabethan era
      • One of the reasons that Elizabethan theatre was so successful was that it was enjoyed by the Queen.
      • The cheapness of this attracted people of all classes, the poor to see the wealthy and to have a cheapish day out.
      • Elizabeth never visited the theatre herself, but was known to have invited companies of actors to perform for her at court
    • Why weren't they popular with some people?
      • Some people weren't happy with theaters as they were worried people may re-create what they had seen in theaters on the streets
      • Authorities in the city of London banned entertainment within the city because of this reason
        • Some people weren't happy with theaters as they were worried people may re-create what they had seen in theaters on the streets
    • Did the plays mirror the time they were being performed in?
      • Many plays had themes from the time period. Such as:
        • Magic and Suppersition
        • Violence and Cruelty
        • Music and Dance
        • Love and Romance
        • National Pride and English History
        • Over-seas travel
        • The Renaissance

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