What impact did the elizabethan drama have on society?  

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Elizabethan theatre (1558–1603) witnessed the gratest plays and works by the greatest playwrights until the Puritain rebellion and their closure in 1642 after the English Civil War exploded.

The center of theatrics at the time was the Globe Theatre in London, if which Shakespeare, Marlowe, Middlelton, and Kyd presented their tragedies, fantasies, dramas and comedies.

Theatrical performances were some of the few times that a very divided society shared together as a community, albeit also separately. For example, both the upper and lower classes, sitting in separate areas, would enjoy a play just the same.

There was a stigma associated with actors and the theatre as if it was a low habit of people less educated and proper. Hence, it inspired a lot of debate among aristocrats, and set high store on the greats such as Shakespeare, and Marlow, who were now becoming household names (and history makers, in the process).

The Globe Theatre was the first to feature special effects, cannons, fire, and full costumes. Males continued to play female roles at that time, and would not cease until the re-establishment of the morarchy in the 1660s and the placement of Charles II as King of England.