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Playgoing in Shakespeare's London - Andrew Gurr

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2008
ISBN: 9780521835602
Number Of Pages: 360

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This is a newly revised edition of Andrew Gurr's classic account of the people for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays. Gurr assembles evidence from the writings of the time to describe the physical structure of the playhouses, the services provided in the auditorium, the cost of a ticket and a cushion, the size of the crowds, the smells, the pickpockets, and the collective feelings generated by the plays. As well as revising and adding new material which has emerged since the second edition, Gurr develops new sections. He considers the difference between Shakespearean and modern thinking about early staging, the complex historical process which established the permanent playhouses, and the development of a distinctly different acting style in the open-air playhouses from that of the indoor halls. Fifty new entries have been added to the list of playgoers and there are a dozen fresh quotations about the experience of playgoing.

"...a staple in Shakespeare studies. Essential." P.D. Nelsen, Marlboro College, CHOICE "This amusing glimpse into the habits of the London audiences, and the use to which Gurr puts it, are characteristic of his informative study." The Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Physical conditions
Social composition
Mental composition
The evolution of tastes
Playgoers 1567-1642
References to playgoing
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521835602
ISBN-10: 0521835607
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th November 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised