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The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre


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Introduction: Early Modern Theatre History: where we are now, how we got here, where we go next; SECTION A: THEATRE COMPANIES; 1. Adult Playing Companies to 1583; 2. Adult Playing Companies, 1583 to 1593; 3. Adult Playing Companies, 1593 to 1603; 4. Adult Playing Companies 1603 to 1613; 5. Adult Playing Companies 1613 to 1625; 6. Adult playing companies 1625 to 1642; 7. Early (pre-1590) Boy Companies & their Acting Venues; 8. The boy companies 1599-1613; SECTION B: LONDON PLAYHOUSES; 9. Inn-yard Playhouses; 10. The Theatre in Shoreditch, 1576-1599; 11. Why the Globe is Famous; 12. The Most Convenient Place: The Second Blackfriars Theatre and Its Appeal; 13. The Red Bull Playhouse; 14. The Phoenix and the Cockpit-in-Court Playhouses; SECTION C: OTHER PLAYING SPACES; 15. 'He who pays the piper calls the tune': Household Entertainments; 16. The Universities and the Inns of Court; 17. Touring; 18. Court theatre; 19. London Street Theatre; SECTION D: SOCIAL PRACTICES; 20. Not Just Sir Oliver Owlet: From Patrons to 'Patronage' of Early Modern Theatre; 21. The Court, The Master of the Revels and The Players; 22. Theatre Entrepreneurs and Theatrical Economics; 23. The City of London and the Theatre; 24. Players, Livery Companies, and Apprentices; 25. Materiality and the Market: the case of the Lady Elizabeth's Men. The Lady Elizabeth's Men and the challenge of theatre history; 26. 'For the author's credit': Issues of Authorship in English Renaissance Drama; 27. Women in the Theatre; SECTION E: EVIDENCE OF THEATRICAL PRACTICES; 28. Early Modern Naturalistic Acting: The Role of the Globe in the Development of Personation; 29. Actors' Parts; 30. Stage Directions and the Theatre Historian; 31. Lighting; 32. Music and sound; 33. Properties; 34. Eyewitnesses to History: Visual Evidence for Theatre in Early Modern England; 35. Christopher Beeston, His Property and Properties; Composite Bibliography; Index


Each of the 36 richly detailed essays beckons to be read... Many among this all-star lineup of distinguished contributors have published book-length studies on their respective academic specializations... Collectively, the essays accrue, building a comprehensive and coherent profile of the world of early modern theater * P.D. Nelsen, CHOICE *
a very valuable tool * William Proctor Williams, Notes and Queries *

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