Shakespeare's 1st introduction to acting was watching traveling actors performing____________,and stories from the bible when he was young.Help?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Shakespeare would have likely been exposed to traveling actors performing plays. During Shakespeare's time, theaters were expensive and only existed in the larger cities. Actors would travel in groups and schedule performances in people's homes or gardens. These actors would perform simple, familiar plays for private audiences. Some acting groups performed more recently written works while others focused on classics or familiar tales (like Bible stories). The plays would not have been very similar to the ones we watch today. These plays had to be able to be performed with minimal props and equipment. Actors would travel from place to place and they would have to carry all the props and costumes with them. Simple plays that didn't require sets or complex costumes were more popular.
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Miracle and morality plays.

These were traveling troupes of actors that performed miracle plays which are stories depicting lives of Biblical characters and events.  Morality plays, on the other hand, were plays that presented messages about how to live a holy life based upon teachings from the Bible.

These troupes did not have a formal, permanent structure to perform in, so they packed everything up and took it on the road.

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