Elizabethan Popular Theatre: Plays in Performance

Elizabethan Popular Theatre: Plays in Performance

Elizabethan Popular Theatre: Plays in Performance

Elizabethan Popular Theatre: Plays in Performance

Synopsis

Elizabethan Popular Theatresurveys the Golden Age of English popular theatre: the 1590s, the age of Marlowe and the young Shakespeare. The book describes the staging practices, performance conditions and acting techniques of the period, focusing on five popular dramas: The Spanish Tragedy, Mucedorus, Edward II, Doctor Faustusand Titus Andronicus, as well as providing a comprehensive history of a variety of contemporary playhouse stages, performances, and players.

Excerpt

The dates I have ascribed to the plays I mention come, unless stated otherwise, from Schoenbaum’s revision of A. Harbage, Annals of English Drama. I have been my own editor and modernised all quotations from dramatic and literary texts, having derived them from the standard editions of the works concerned.

Professor John Russell Brown, the general editor of the series, provided admirable encouragement and criticism as the writing progressed. At Kent R. A. Foakes, Kate McLuskie and Peter Davison read parts of the manuscript and weeded out numerous errors and infelicities as well as suggesting additional references. The typists of Eliot College deciphered my preternaturally untidy typescripts. To them and to librarians at Kent, the Universities of Massachusetts at Amherst and Texas at Austin (where Professor Lynda Boose offered me generous hospitality while I was in the last throes of revision), Harvard, Yale and the British Library I am exceedingly grateful.

I am grateful for permission to reproduce the following: Plates 1 and 5, University Library, Utrecht; Plate 2, the Royal Library, Stockholm; Plates 3 and 4, the Trustees of the British Museum; Plate 6, the Auckland City Art Gallery; Plate 7, the Folger Shakespeare Library; Plate 8, the Provost and Fellows of Worcester College, Oxford; Plates 9, 11, 12 and 14, the British Library; Plate 10, the Marquess of Bath; Plate 13, Bibliothèque royale Albert ler, Brussels (Cabinet des Estampes). Copyright is retained by the owners of the originals.

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