Quote #1: "The first public theater in England, called The Theatre, was built near London in 1576. By 1642, there had been at least nine others in and around London, including the Globe, Rose, and Fortune" (Novick).
Commentary: After The Theatre was built, people seemed to significantly enjoy the art of drama that theater became popular. Nine other theaters were built by 1642 in London. Since the arts thrived during the 1500s and 1600s, theaters were places that were special for people who enjoyed performance art. Today, there are probably five movie theaters to every one performing arts theater in a town.
Quote #2: "The period from about 1550 to 1580 may be thought of as a period of transition from mystery, morality, folk plays, and interludes to regular English drama" (Wright).
Commentary: During the early years of the Elizabethan Age, popular genres were mystery, morality, and folk plays. Most of those genres are still greatly used in performances and movies. People seem to enjoy when the unexpected happens in a show. The intensity draws people to the creative arts.
Quote #3: "Only three authentic chronicle plays had been written before 1590, but soon history, especially English history, was to become an important subject for all types of literature... Shakespeare soon learned to use the stories and characters he found in history to write plays analyzing politics, love, hate, revenge, and other elements of the human condition" (Wright).
Commentary: During this era, most dramas were written about history, specifically English history. People recognized the historical value, which made the story more understandable. It was a popular genre and still is for that matter. People were entertained by realistic stories that convinced them they was true.
Quote #4: "Elizabeth encourages the growth of theater at her court, which includes playwright William Shakespeare...She even forms her own theater troupe called the Queen's Men"(Boatner).
Commentary: Queen Elizabeth, whom many people considered an icon, enjoyed theater. She encouraged people to experience it. The Queen was very open to having performances at her court. She was a very theatrical young woman. During her reign, theatre grew in popularity.
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