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12 - London professional playhouses and performances

The first step in the adults' attempts to secure a foothold in London came in 1567, when John Brayne, a grocer from Bucklersbury, paid for a permanent playhouse to be erected in the suburbs of London, the Red Lion. In general terms, outdoor playhouses were polygonal structures, with three tiers of covered galleries with bench-seats at different prices offering spectators a choice of view and comfort, but where they might also stand. These galleries surrounded a yard, open to the weather, for standing spectators, in which stood a large stage which sometimes contained a trap door. This chapter presents a list of three case studies such as, The Spanish Tragedy at the Rose playhouse, The King's Men at the Globe, Henry VIII and The Wonder of Women, or, Sophonisba, by John Marston, at the Blackfriars. With limited opportunities to play in London, companies continued to tour, although it was a practice increasingly fraught with difficulty.
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