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Who was Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare w a s
an Engli
sh pl
ayw r
ight
and poet
who l
ived i
n
t
he l
a t
e 1500s and earl
y 1600s
(around 400
years ago)
.
His
plays
a r
e
now perfor
me d al
l
over
the worl
d i
n hundreds of
l
anguag es,
and
h e
is
know n
as one of
t
he
greatest
wri
ter
s of
all
t
ime.…read more

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Performing Shakespeare
Wh enever
a new producti
on of
a Shakespeare pl
ay i
s st
aged ,
di
rect
ors,
desi
gne r
s and act
ors t
hink
of
n ew i
nter
p r
etat
ions,
or
w ays
to
un der
stand
and
p r
esent i
t.
P l
ays can
be
perfor
me d i
n modern dr
ess, or
set
i
n any
hi
stor
ical
peri
od.…read more

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Elizabethan belief
Li
fe
in
Eli
zabethan
E ngl
and coul
d be
cruel
and
hard.
The
poor of
ten
went
hungry di
sease was
w i
despread,
me di
cal
remedies
oft
en f
elt
more
li
ke t
ort
ures,
and many wome n
died
in
chi
ldbir
th.
But
through
thei
r
bel
ief
s,
peopl
e found
w ays
of
ma ki
ng sense
of
thei
r
e x
ist
ence.…read more

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Myths and magic
Fai
ri
es,
ma gi
c,
w i
tches,
spel
ls
and pr
op heci
es
(ut
ter
ances t
hat
foret
ell
t
he f
uture)
al
l
for
me d par
t
of
the El
iz
a bet
han vi
ew of
l
if
e.…read more

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Ear
th
­ was mo r
e
i
mp or
tant
t
han
it
i
s t
oday.
Respected
ast
rol
ogers
could have
great
i
nfl
uen ce
over
peopl
e's
li
ves.
The
astrol
oger
Joh n
Dee was
said
to i
nfl
uence El
izabet
h I.…read more

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Elizabethan theatre
Unti
l
t
h e
mid 16t
h
cent
ury,
mo st
pl
ays were
p er
for
me d
o ut
side
Lo ndon.
Craf
tsmen
or
tr
ad espeopl
e put
on tr
adit
i
o nal
pl
ays i
n t
ow n
squa r
es and
on
vil
lage
greens.
As i
t
grew i
n si
ze and i
mp or
tance,
t
ho ugh
L ondon
became
the
centre
of
E ngl
is
h
theatr
e.…read more

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The audience
Theat
re i
n Eli
zabethan London was an ent
ertai
nme nt
f
o r
ever
yone .
The
cheapest
ti
ckets
cost
one
penn y,
which
mo st
ordi
nary
peo pl
e c
o ul
d
af
for
d.
(Wo r
kers ear
ne d
a basic
w age
of
ab out
12 pence
a week.)
The
most
expen si
ve t
icket
s were si
xpence and were
bo ught
by
ri
ch
merchants
and nobles.…read more

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Drama in Shakespeare's England
Duri
ng Shakespeare'
s l
if
eti
me ,
drama developed f
aster
t
han ever
bef
ore.
I
n London,
playgoing became a l
arge scal
e busi
ness.
With
some t
he at
res
holdi
ng t
w o
or t
hree t
housan d
peop l
e,
ther
e were
huge
pr
ofi
ts
to
b e
ma de,
and new materi
al
w as
always needed.…read more

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Abigail


The Tempest was written in Jacobean times not Elizabethan...

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