In this scholarly and entertaining book, first published in 1987, the author tells the story of Jacobean private theatre. Most of the best plays written after 1610, including Shakespeare’s late plays such as The Tempest, were written for the new breed of private playhouses – small, roofed and designed for an aristocratic, literary audience, as opposed to the larger, open-air houses such as the Globe and the Red Bull, catering for a popular, ‘lowbrow’ audience. The author discusses the polarisation of taste and the effect it had on literary criticism and theatre history. This title will be of interest to students of English Literature, Drama and Performance.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: Jacobean Private Theatre; Part One: Private Theatre: Audiences, Buildings and Repertory; 2. The Audiences of the Jacobean Private Theatre 3. Jacobean Private Playhouses 4. The Private Theatre Companies, their Playwrights and their Repertory; Part Two: Blackfriars Plays; 5. ‘A Quaint Device’: The Tempest at the Blackfriars 6. ‘A Perspective that Shows us Hell’: The Duchess of Malfi at the Blackfriars 7. ‘Some High-Tuned Poem’: The Broken Heart at the Blackfriars; Part Three: The King’s Theatre; 8. Court Theatre, 1603-42 9. ‘Excellent Creeping Sport’: Bartholomew Fair at the Banqueting House 10. ‘The Crystal Mirror of your Reign’ Coelum Britannicum at the Banqueting House; Notes; Index