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The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642

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For almost forty years The Shakespearean Stage has been considered the liveliest, most reliable and most entertaining overview of Shakespearean theatre in its own time. It is the only authoritative book that describes all the main features of the original staging of Shakespearean drama in one volume: the acting companies and their practices, the playhouses, the staging and ...more
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 344 pages
Published March 26th 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1980)
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It seems to me that the phrase "casual brilliance" is a bit of a misnomer. After all, we now know that mastery takes roughly 10,000 hours of repetition to achieve, and that nothing is casual that is laborious. That said, I cannot think of a more apt word to describe Andy Gurr's writing. It is profound. It is brilliant. It is trenchant. It is funny. And yes, it is casual. Gurr's book is the perfect example of what scholarship should be - thorough and correct, yet free of the pretense and bombast ...more
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Thorough, insightful, and an entertaining dive into an important period for English theatre. Gurr makes the topic of Renaissance playhouses and audiences a more tangible topic. My only complaint is that he has a tendency to spiral a bit too far down the Shakespearean Stage rabbit hole. Pedantic during the chapter devoted to company politics and period economics, but re-captures interest when he discusses stage practices and print culture. This study makes for an excellent companion to plays like ...more
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