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Reviews of the First Edition
'...valuable and enjoyable reading for all studying Shakespeare's plays.'
Following in the patternestablished by John Russell Brown for the excellent series (Theatre and Production Studies), he provides first an account of Shakespeare's company, then a study of three individual plays Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Macbeth as performed by the company. Peter Thomson writes in a crisp, sharp, enlivening style.' TLS
''...the best analysis yet of Elizabethan acting practices, excavated form the texts themselves rather than reconstructed on basis of one monolithic theory, and an essay on Hamlet that is a model of Critical intelligence and theatrical invention.' Yearbook of English Studies
'Synthesizes the important facts and summarizes projects with a vigorous prose style, and expertly applies his experience in both practical drama and academic teaching to his discussion.' Review of English Studies

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Considers the final ten years of the successful theater company that Shakespeare was part of, focussing on the day-to-day decision making and the flexibility needed to stay afloat. Looks at the planning and personnel, the financing, the repertoire, and the Globe Theater itself; and sets three of his best known plays within that context. Draws from diaries, inventories, contracts, and other primary sources. First published in 1983. Also in paper (unseen) for $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415051484
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Series: Theatre Production Studies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 212
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I The company
1 The Lord Chamberlain's Servants 3
2 Balancing the Books 19
3 'This Luxurious Circle': the Globe Theatre 36
4 The Globe Plays 58
Pt. II The plays
5 Twelfth Night and Playhouse Practice 91
6 Hamlet and the Actor in Shakespeare's Theatre 114
7 Macbeth from the Tiring House 142
8 Two Playhouses 167
Appendix A: The inventory taken of all the properties for my Lord Admiral's Men the 10th of March 1598 =1599 175
Appendix B: Extract from the contract for building the Fortune in 1599/1600 177
Appendix C: Petition by the inhabitants of Blackfriars to the Privy Council, 1596 178
Notes 179
Select bibliography 187
Index of plays 193
General index 195
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