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The Living Monument : Shakespeare and the Theatre of his Time - M. C. Bradbrook

The Living Monument

Shakespeare and the Theatre of his Time

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1979
ISBN: 9780521295307
Number Of Pages: 308

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Powerful and diversified as it already was, theatrical life in London focused in 1576 upon the opening in Shoreditch of James Burbage's Arena Theatre. Here the plays of Shakespeare, with those of many other writers, shaped and were shaped by popular demand. His company, as Lord Hunsdon's Men, settled in the theatre from 1594 to 1598. The Arena was the model for a dozen later structures. In this book Professor Bradbrook characterizes Shakespeare's achievements and those of his contemporaries and endeavours to 'place' them in their social and differing theatrical contexts. Part I is concerned with the sociology of the theatre and traces the evolution of the new drama from the later years of Elizabeth into the more established conditions of Jacobean times. Part II shows the interaction of Jonson's work for the court with Shakespeare's for the popular stage. As the leading writer now for the King's Men at the Globe I, Shakespeare's reaction to Jonson's challenge and stimulus was an increasing use of romantic elements in his plays, as he integrated the material demanded by the very different audiences at the Globe, the Blackfriars and the court. Finally in Part III, she outlines the post-Shakespearean developments.

List of plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
Theatre map of London, 1520-1642
Table of theatre companies
The Sociology of the Theatre
The theatre and its poet
The triple bond: actors, audience, playwrights
Shakespeare's Histories and the structure of Tudor society
Social changes and the evolution of Ben Jonson's court masques
Jonson and the image of Jacobean London
The manifold theatres of Jacobean London and their poets
Jacobean Shakespeare
Macbeth: the sublimation of spectacle
King Lear and the kingdom of Fools and Beggars
Images of love and war: Othello, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra
Entry to romance: Pericles and Cymbeline
Open form in The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
Shakespeare as collaborator
Caroline Curtain Act
Masque and pastoral
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521295307
ISBN-10: 0521295300
Series: History of Elizabethan Drama
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd September 1979
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.39