Conventions and problems of Elizabethan play-production

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1952

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The purpose of this study is to explain some of the major conventions and problems of the Elizabethan state, during the time of William Shakespeare, England's greatest dramatist. Under the stimulus of the Renaissance Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, end other Elizabethan playwrights produced many plays, written especially for the stage, the acting company, and the spectators of that period. These plays were presented in the innyards, private halls, or in any place where a platform could conveniently be erected. In 1576, however, James Burbage built the first permanent playhouse, the Theater, which was followed by such popular houses as the Curtain, the Rose, and the Blackfriars. The innyard determined the general style of these theatres; the platform was retained, and the term "yard" was applied to the ground level which was open for the natural lighting of the afternoon sun. [...]

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