- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: March 2008
- Print publication year: 2004
- Online ISBN: 9781139054058
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521650403
Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of British Theatre begins in Roman Britain and ends with Charles II's restoration to the throne imminent. The four essays in Part I treat pre-Elizabethan theatre, the eight in Part II focus on the riches of the Elizabethan era, and the seven in Part III on theatrical developments during and after the reigns of James I and Charles I. The essays are written for the general reader by leading British and American scholars, who combine an interest in the written drama with an understanding of the material conditions of the evolving professional theatre which the drama helped to sustain, often enough against formidable odds. The volume unfolds a story of enterprise, innovation and, sometimes, of desperate survival over years in which theatre and drama were necessarily embroiled in the politics of everyday life: a vivid subject vividly presented.
Source: Sixteenth Century Journal
Frederick Tollini Source: Renaissance Quarterly
Source: Amateur Stage
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