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Shakespeare Part I
Transcript of Shakespeare Part I
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Shakespeare and the
Let's start with the basics...
born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
current monarch, Elizabeth I
3rd of 8 siblings
Theatre was the favored activity of the masses
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)
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
Life expectancy, 35 years
Chamber pots, no running water
Open sewers - Thames River contaminated with raw sewage
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)
mixing with nobility, played before royalty
(Shakespeare himself was a shareholder in The Globe Theatre)
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
denoted an patron's wealth and ranking
1564-1616 (born and died on April 23rd)