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Does anybody know about the Elizabethan theatre?

Asked by jellyfish3232 (1849 points ) May 16th, 2012

I’m doing a report on how Shakespeare’s plays were affected by the limitations of the Elizabethan theatre. I’ve found a few relevant articles, but resources seem to be fairly limited (maybe I’m not looking hard enough?). Could you link me to any informative articles about the theatre during Shakespeare’s era?

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Aethelflaed's avatar

Are you talking about the politics of the time?

Kayak8's avatar

Or the lack of microphones?

Aethelflaed's avatar

What resources do you have already?

Fly's avatar

Perhaps you should try looking for articles on specific aspects of Elizabethan theatre as opposed to looking for articles about Elizabethan theatre as a whole. For example, I’m no expert on the subject, but I do know that all roles were played by males at that time, which would have put great limitations on the effectiveness of his live plays. Try using something like that as a starting point.

muppetish's avatar

Read Tragedy: A Short Introduction by Rebecca Bushnell. It’s fantastic and provides a good summary of how the tragic theater changed from ancient Greece to modern day. After reading that, as suggested by @Fly, I would recommend picking specific components while conducting your research. I saw a presentation solely on the lighting of Elizabethan theaters. ’

When you mention the limitations of the theater, do you mean that they lacked modern day technologies? Because what we may consider them limitations, but Shakespeare did a lot of amazing things anyway (from murder to shipwreck!) Can you give me an example of what you mean?

lillycoyote's avatar

Bear-baiting, cock-fighting and a little Shakespeare … that was a nice, full day of family fun in Elizabethan London. That’s all I know. :-)

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