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England Renaissance Theater
brief dramatic entertainments
written/performed at schools; not for the public
Boys Acting Companies
established by Elizabeth I for court entertainment
professional dramatists wrote for boys, paved way for Shakespeare
only indoor theater
trap doors; 3 levels-musician gallery=3rd
announced by flag; penny for admission; minimal sets
Stage and Conventions
James and Richard Burbage
owners/actor; opened The Theater, constructed the Globe
Producer; inventory of props/scenic pieces: trees, City of Rome, rocks, etc.
"mighty line"-iambic pentameter; secret agent; Tamberlaine the Great, Dr. Faustus
Tamberlaine the Great
Christopher Marlowe, blank verse
Christopher Marlowe; sold soul for sake of knowledge
Comedy of Humours; principal character has excess of 1 trait
Isle of Dogs
Ben Jonson; offensive pamphlet ridiculed Protestant power structure
Ben Jonson Plays
Every Man in His Humour; Volpane; Alchemist; Bartholomew Fair
Shakespeare's 1st Folio
response to Jonson's "Complete Works"; edited by John Hemmings and Henry Candell