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Shakespeare Part I

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Transcript of Shakespeare Part I

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Shakespeare and the
Elizabethan Era

The man,
the town,
the stage

William Shakespeare
Let's start with the basics...
born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
current monarch, Elizabeth I
3rd of 8 siblings
LONDON
Population: 150,000+
Poverty
Promiscuity
Pollution
Plague
ELIZABETHAN
ENTERTAINMENT
Theatre was the favored activity of the masses
Dances/music
Feasting
Drinking/socializing
Sport/game
Gambling
Prostitution
Bear-baiting
THEATRE
The Theatre
first public playhouse, 1576-1597
polygonal, three-story timber structure, open structure
limited set design and props
relied on costumes and acting
The Players (Actors)
ALL parts were played by men
(female parts played by young boys)
The Patrons
Royalty
Nobility
Plebian
Teen husband and father: marries Anne Hathaway (26 and pregnant) at the tender age of 18
3 children: Susanna, Hamnet and Judith
Neglectful father and husband

- abandons family for London limelight
Malaria
Typhus
Plague
Smallpox
Syphilis
Life expectancy, 35 years
Chamber pots, no running water
Open sewers - Thames River contaminated with raw sewage
Hygiene issues
Shakespeare's Scene:
archery, fencing, chess,
checkers, tennis, dice, cards
The Globe Theatre
constructed in 1599 (out of timber taken from the Theatre)
home of Shakespeare's company (King's Company)
three tiered structure
before public theaters - untrustworthy rogues and vagabonds
"South of the Thames" (wrong side of town)
after -
mixing with nobility, played before royalty
(Shakespeare himself was a shareholder in The Globe Theatre)
Reputation
The Groundlings
aka "Stinkards"
penny admittance per show
stood in front of the stage in "the pit" or "the yard"
raucous, rowdy, often inconsiderate spectators
threw rotten fruit and nuts at disliked players
Tier-levels
denoted an patron's wealth and ranking
1564-1616 (born and died on April 23rd)
Living Conditions
Part One
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