The theatre in Elizabethan England

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  • Created on: 06-04-18 12:03
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  • Theatre
    • Playwrights
      • William Shakespeare
      • Produced new works/year - comedies, tragedies, histories
    • Actors
      • Entirely males
      • Popular actors (eg. Richard Burbage) became v famous
      • Popular ones often replayed parts or got parts written for them
    • Threatre troupes
      • The Lord Chamberlain's Men
        • Shakespeare + Burbage
      • Often named after  their patron
    • First permanent theatres built
      • Both rich + poor now attended
      • Galleries = seated, covered areas
      • Gentlemen's rooms = balconies + Lord's rooms = most expensive
      • Pit = where ordinary people stood
    • Why was the theatre so popular?
      • Affordable
      • Entertaining, social event
      • Contempory + relevant to time
    • Opposition to the theatre
      • Some saw it as sinful
      • Puritans saw it as distraction from prayer
      • Large gatherings may spread disease
      • Dangerous - drinking, crime, immoral behaviour

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