Elizabethan Popular Theatre surveys the Golden Age of English popular theatre: the 1590s, the age of Marlowe and the young Shakespeare. The book describes the staging practices, performance conditions and acting techniques of the period, focusing on five popular dramas: The Spanish Tragedy, Mucedorus, Edward II, Doctor Faustus and Titus Andronicus, as well as providing a comprehensive history of a variety of contemporary playhouse stages, performances, and players.
'Michael Hattaway has one of the prerequisites of a teacher in Shakespeare he is able to talk to his readers with clarity as well as erudition.' - R G Marriott, The Stage
' wide-ranging critically alert and consistently responsive to the possibilities of performance, Elizabethan Popular Theatre is the best introductory account Hattaway is never less than stimulating.' - John Kerrigan, London Review of Books.
'A compact introduction to the subject will be of great interest to all students of Elizabethan literature, but especially to those studying the drama of the period.' - Philip S Cook, British Book News.