Moving Shakespeare Indoors

Performance and Repertoire in the Jacobean Playhouse

Farah Karim-Cooper editor Andrew Gurr editor

Format:Paperback

Publisher:Cambridge University Press

Published:16th Nov '17

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This book examines the conditions of the original performances in seventeenth-century indoor theatres.

The year 2014 witnessed the opening of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, based on seventeenth-century designs. This volume considers the effects that more intimate staging, lighting and music had on performance and repertory. It will find a substantial readership among scholars of Shakespeare and Jacobean theatre history.Shakespeare's company, the King's Men, played at the Globe, and also in an indoor theatre, the Blackfriars. The year 2014 witnessed the opening of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, based on seventeenth-century designs of an indoor London theatre and built within the precincts of the current Globe on Bankside. This volume, edited by Andrew Gurr and Farah Karim-Cooper, asks what prompted the move to indoor theatres, and considers the effects that more intimate staging, lighting and music had on performance and repertory. It discusses what knowledge is required when attempting to build an archetype of such a theatre, and looks at the effects of the theatre on audience behaviour and reception. Exploring the ways in which indoor theatre shaped the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the late Jacobean and early Caroline periods, this book will find a substantial readership among scholars of Shakespeare and Jacobean theatre history.

'Definitely a must-read for anyone studying theatre history or working on Jacobean drama.' Susan Elkin, The Stage
'… a comprehensive and nuanced study of the Blackfriars. … this elegant collection of essays sheds new light on how the material conditions of the Blackfriars may have influenced the ways in which plays were performed there …' Joel Benabu, Comparative Drama

ISBN: 9781108438759

Dimensions: 230mm x 153mm x 17mm

Weight: 460g

306 pages