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Playgoing in Shakespeare's London By Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London by Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)

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This is a newly revised edition of Andrew Gurr's classic account of playgoing in Shakespeare's time. As well as revising and adding new material, Gurr develops new sections. Fifty new entries have been added to the list of playgoers and there are fresh quotations about the experience of playgoing.

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London Summary

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London by Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)

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.

Playgoing in Shakespeare's London Reviews

"...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

About Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)

Andrew Gurr is Emeritus Professor, University of Reading. His many books include The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642 (third edition 1993), Writers in Exile, Playgoing in Shakespeare's London (second edition 1996), The Shakespearian Playing Companies (1996), and (with Mariko Ichikawa) Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres (2000).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Physical conditions; 3. Social composition; 4. Mental composition; 5. The evolution of tastes; Appendix 1: Playgoers 1567-1642; Appendix 2: References to playgoing.

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GOR010624995
9780521543224
0521543223
Playgoing in Shakespeare's London by Andrew Gurr (University of Reading)
Used - Like New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2004-06-10
360
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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