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Elizabethan Drama

The reign of Queen Elizabeth lasted from 1558 to 1603. It was one of the great periods in which English drama flourished and changed, in part due to Elizabeth's own support for the arts. The first...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 7:42 am UTC

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In the nineteenth century, scholar George Saintsbury labeled a group of sixteenth-century playwrights as the “University Wits.” Most of the members, including Christopher Marlowe, John Lyly, George...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021 6:25 pm UTC

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While medieval drama had a strong religious flavor, Elizabethan drama was to a great degree secular. Much of Elizabethan drama was based on a rediscovery of classical models, an influence that can...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2016 7:01 am UTC

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In addition to the differences outlined in the answer above, one of the major purposes of classical drama was to glorify the gods, and this purpose is missing in much of Elizabethan drama. For...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2017 11:32 am UTC

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Elizabethan drama was strongly influenced by the reign of "Good Queen Bess" and the relative peace, prosperity, and stability that it brought to a country previously fractured by political and...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2020 8:44 am UTC

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Elizabeth loved the theatre. She would often have companies of actors like The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform at court. In this way she could enjoy the latest play without having to go to the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010 3:16 pm UTC

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The Elizabethan era spans the years 1558–1603, when Elizabeth I ruled the United Kingdom. Both tragedies and comedies were popular forms of drama, which dominated literature of this period, along...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 3:58 am UTC

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Although scholars believe that the English Renaissance occurred during 16th/17th C England at a time when awareness of classicism grew, experimentalism with art developed, and humanism flowered,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 3:42 pm UTC

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Elizabethan theatre has its beginnings attributed to the reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1602, but some place its end when the Puritans had the theatres closed in 1642. In London, drama was a very...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012 12:31 am UTC

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In my opinion, the most interesting thing about Elizabethan women is that they have come to be represented by Queen Elizabeth I. The irony is that Elizabeth I broke many of the traditional rules...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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Shakespeare was one of many playwrights writing for the popular theatre at this time. James Brubage built The Theatre in 1576 in Shoreditch as a home for his company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men....

Latest answer posted October 11, 2010 12:21 pm UTC

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Many people in the Renaissance believed that God had created the universe (the macrocosm) as a perfectly ordered and well-balanced mechanism in which every part functioned smoothly and contributed...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012 5:35 am UTC

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The earliest English Drama that we note as wholly English would be the Mystery, Miracle and Morality plays of the Middle Ages. Though they were meant as teaching tools of the Church, meant to...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010 9:47 pm UTC

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Elizabeth I's reign brought about a period of political and social stability to England after a long period of disorders and upheavals, both civil and religious. With the defeat of the Spanish...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019 6:55 pm UTC

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It would be difficult to defend or even define the term “expression,” since the dramas during the reign of Elizabeth I were as much commercial products as they were artistic creations. To be sure,...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 9:17 pm UTC

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There are several areas of consideration with regard to the time of day when performances took place in Elizabethan theatre. Prior to the building of actual theater buildings, performances would...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 8:00 pm UTC

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Yes, costumes were very important! However, the Elizabethans didn't think of costumes in the literal sense (as helping to creating the time and place of the action of the play) that we do today....

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010 8:02 pm UTC

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Old English poetry has a few common characteristics, whether the poem in question is a heroic epic such as Beowulf or a more intimate, religious poem like "The Dream of the Rood." These poems...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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It does seem odd that something as celebrated as Elizabethan theater was not universally well received during its own time. There are a number of reasons for this. For starters, theaters were...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 4:26 pm UTC

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I watched the new movie last night. Loved the costumes. Loved the sets. Hated the history. Where was Essex???? Why did Elizabeth hold Raleigh's baby at the end? She put him in prison for marrying...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2008 12:13 pm UTC

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English theater companies were in existence (beginning in the 1570s) before Elizabeth I came to the throne, but they flourished under her reign. There were various companies based on the outskirts...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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Elizabethan Drama evolved from the Miracle. Mystery, and Morality plays of the Middle Ages. Perhaps the most famous of these plays is Everyman. The biggest step came with the so called "school...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2010 1:35 am UTC

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The "University Wits"... remember the "Rat Pack" of the 50s or the "Brat Pack" of the 80s? Okay, probably not. But like these far less serious groups of the future, the "University Wits" were...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2012 12:45 pm UTC

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The other two postings above make valid points, but I would like to add that the Elizabethan fascination with the brain was part of a much wider interest in scientific knowledge as part of the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 4:59 pm UTC

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The answer to the question of how women such as Elizabeth (do you refer to Elizabeth I) and Victoria came to power is fairly simple.  Unlike the French, who had their Salic law,  The...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2007 10:09 am UTC

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The matter of whether or not acting technique is better today than it was in the Elizabethan era is really a matter of artistic preference. One could argue that today, actors have the opportunity...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 9:28 pm UTC

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Let me begin by separating the venues: plays performed at court were by invitation of royalty; the audience was highborn, of both sexes; plays performed at the Inns of Court (basically schools for...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

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The following is information comes from the stellar book by Peter Thomson, "Shakespeare's Professional Career." Thomson says that in both the tragedies and comedies "Elizabethan actors were...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2007 11:23 am UTC

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There were no hard-and-fast requirements or prerequisites for becoming a playwright in England in 1589, partly because professional drama and permanent theaters were relatively recent innovations....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 8:05 am UTC

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The University wits moved English drama from folk tale (Ralph Roister Doister) up to Roman and Greek imitations, and at the same time widened the theatre audience by appealing to the more educated...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2012 4:50 pm UTC

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