About Theatre in Shakespeare's Time Ethan Burns

ROMEO & JULIET. - The balcony scene (Act III, scene 5) from William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": wood engraving, English, c1880.

How Many Women Were In Theatre?

Men would play the roles of women in Shakespearian theater.

"women were enjoined by law from acting, played the female roles. Some plays had 30 or 40 roles, so an actor often would play more than one role in a given production."

Sanna, Ellyn. "Shakespeare, William." In Bloom, Harold, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom's BioCritiques. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2002. Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc. fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=98934&SID=5&iPin=BCWS02&SingleRecord=

Was Shakespeare An Actor?

Shakespeare was not only a playwright but also an actor.

Quaffing Mead. Photographer. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/115_2743049/1/115_2743049/cite. Accessed 7 Mar 2017.

"Most critics conclude that he spent time as both a writer and an actor..."

Melissa A. Harris"Shakespeare, William." In Sauer, Michelle M. The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry before 1600. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2008. Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc. fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=98934&SID=5&iPin=CBP0493&SingleRecord=True.

Why The Theater Was so Popular.

Shakespeare's Theater was vastly popular. His theater stretched across the modern era and is still seen today.

"People went to the theater then for the same reasons they now go to the theater or to the movies-to relax..."

Woog, Adam. A History of the Elizabethan Theater. San Diego [Calif.: Lucent Books, 2003. Print.

Who Shakespeare Performed For.

Shakespeare would have his plays performed for many different types of people.

"Elizabethans were keenly interested in learning about the world around them."

Woog, Adam. A History of the Elizabethan Theater. San Diego [Calif.: Lucent Books, 2003. Print.

Objections to the theater.

Though Shakespeare may have been one of the most liked playwrights of the modern era, he did have opposition.

"Audience Member, as they found their seats or standing room settled themselves in, were not particularly quiet."

Woog, Adam. A History of the Elizabethan Theater. San Diego [Calif.: Lucent Books, 2003. Print.

Seating Arrangements In Shakespeare's Theater

"Seats were also available, at the highest price, on the stage itself."

Boyce, Charles. "Elizabethan theatre." Critical Companion to William Shakespeare: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, Critical Companion. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc. fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=98934&SID=5&iPin=Gffazshak0636&SingleRecord=True.

The Original Theater

The Globe Theater was burned down during one of Shakespeare's plays.

"It burned down in 1614 during a production of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, an event that Shakespeare might have prophesied when in The Tempest (1612) Prospero spoke of the disappearance of 'the great globe itself.'"

Quinn, Edward. "Globe Theatre." A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006. Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc. fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=98934&SID=5&iPin=Gfflithem0355&SingleRecord=True.

Timbers Of The Second Globe

Timber!. Photographer. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/115_899800/1/115_899800/cite. Accessed 8 Mar 2017.

The timbers for the second Globe Theater were found in the marshes of England.

"Spirited its timbers across the Thames to the marshy, malodorous plot of land on which they would build the Globe."

Sanna, Ellyn. "Shakespeare, William." In Bloom, Harold, ed. William Shakespeare, Bloom's BioCritiques. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2002. Bloom's Literature, Facts On File, Inc. fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=98934&SID=5&iPin=BCWS02&SingleRecord=True.

The Globe Theater

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