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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare and The Renaissance Stage

Shakespeare and The Renaissance Stage

Chapter:
(p.258) 14 Shakespeare and The Renaissance Stage
Source:
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts
Author(s):

Edel Lamb

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0015

This chapter reviews the multiple institutional influences on the original productions of Shakespeare's plays by the company for which he wrote throughout most of his career, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later the King's Men. It then uses The Tempest as a case study. All of Shakespeare's plays were written primarily for performance in the professional playhouses of Renaissance London, and those commissioned for court entertainment would have come from the company's existing repertory. The spaces of the Renaissance theatres were integral to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Shakespeare's plays draw attention to their status as part of a wide range of games and pastimes in Renaissance culture. Locating The Tempest within the institution in which it was produced, therefore, illuminates the multiple factors influencing dramatic production in the Renaissance theatre.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, Renaissance theatre, The Tempest, Lord Chamberlain's Men, King's Men, Renaissance London, court entertainment, Renaissance culture

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