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Unformatted text preview: 1Drama 116 Notes February 25, 2008 Elizabethan Theatre The reign of Queen Elizabeth o Born 1533 1503 o The reign of Queen Elizabeth is known as the Elizabethan age in England o She never married and consequently was known as the Virgin Queen. A whole mythology around the queen, born in art and literature, and she possessed a personality strong enough to convert the monarchy into a cult in which the Sovereign was literally idolized o The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Queen Elizabeth was only two, she reigned as Queen of England from 1558 until 1603 o A flamboyant figure, she loved music, dancing, singing, masques, and plays. She adored extravagant dress and expected lavish entertainment as she o She died, age 70, having declined to the end to name he successor. There is an instability at the beginning of Hamlet because no one knew who was going to take over as king of England, and Shakespeare reflected this in his plays The Rose where Shakespeare did most of his works They did not specifically aim to provide a moral lesson. The plays were to entertain. Much of what we know about the actor and the traveling troupes of players comes from Hamlet. The large open-air theatres, purpose-built as commercial playhouses, were an innovation of the 1580s, but their open stages and lack of scenery were common to other places the actors would have performed-such as the halls at court and in great houses, or the innyards they might use when on tour....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course DRAMA 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '07 term at UNC.
- Spring '07