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Initially, a certain amount of class conflict arose over the production of plays, as the  puritanical Elizabethan middle class tried to shut down the London theaters on the basis  of their "immorality." Thus, under major pressure, the Mayor of London attempted to  close all of the city's theaters in 1580. The Privy Council, citing Elizabeth's fondness for  plays, prevented this measure from taking place, although they did allow the crowded  theaters to be shut down in times of epidemics. Elizabeth, who liked to invite theater  companies to her palaces, was against shutting down the theaters because she wanted  them to have fully practiced their plays before bringing them to her. As a result, plays  became more socially respectable, and by the 1570s and 1580s, exclusive boys' schools  like St. Paul's and Merchant Taylor's integrated the performance of both English and 
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