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The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Julie Bozza
A very thorough consideration of what we know, surmise, or can't know about how plays were staged across this period. Inevitably some chapters will interest a reader more than others, but I can highly recommend the Introduction to all, for a fascinating overview.
Brian Willis
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply, the best book on original practices for Shakespeare's theatrical era. If you have ever asked the question, "What would it be like to be in the theatre as these original Renaissance plays were performed?", short of a time machine, this book will place you there. Andrew Gurr is the foremost expert on these matters, and he has updated to a 4th edition with all of the latest research and speculation on the theatrical world of Bankside. He covers the companies, the actors, the acting st ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I managed to put this into a comment space and not a review so I moved it--not new, just in the right spot.

A lot could go wrong for an impresario who owned a building where plays were performed, including the one owned by Richard Burbage and grandly named the Theatre after a Latin term for a world atlas (all the world's a theatrum). The building could burn and most of them, constructed of wood and thatch and lit by candles, did burn. The neighbors might complain and if they were wealthy gentry
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vincent D
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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