Playgoing in Shakespeare's London / Edition 3

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London / Edition 3

by Andrew Gurr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521543223

ISBN-13: 9780521543224

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,…  See more details below

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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 plays. Since 1987 there have been many new discoveries about Shakespeare's theatres. Gurr introduces fresh evidence about the experience of being at a play in Shakespeare's time, adds more than thirty new entries to his account of the early playgoers and provides a select bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface
1Introduction1
2Physical conditions
aThe amphitheatre playhouses13
bThe hall playhouses22
cPerforming conditions32
dAuditorium behaviour45
3Social composition
aSocial classes in England50
bSocial classes in London55
cWho went where60
dDifferent kinds of playgoer73
4Mental composition
aThe mental range81
bAudiences or spectators86
cLearned ears98
dLevels of awareness105
ePlaygoer reactions108
5The evolution of tastes
aThe first paying playgoers, 1567-87119
bTarlton's followers 1576-88126
cLyly's special appeal, 1580-9133
dMass emotion and the Armada, 1588-99136
eRule, religion and revenge, 1588-99142
fCurrent affairs, 1588-99145
gCitizen staples and Juliet's rebellion, 1588-1605151
hThe war of railing, 1599-1609158
iCity comedy, 1599-1614165
j1609 and the settled hierarchy169
kBeeston's Cock and Bull, 1616-30175
lThe Blackfriars in the 1630s182
mCitizens in the last years, 1630-42188
Appendix 1Playgoers 1567-1642197
Appendix 2References to playgoing213
Notes263
Select bibliography285
Index294

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