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Early Cambridge Theatres
College, University and Town Stages, 1464–1720


  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035972

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  • The excavations of the Rose and the Globe theatres have created a context for the study and reconstruction of the English Renaissance theatre. This book engages with this debate by attempting a reconstruction of early Cambridge theatres in the context of the professional theatres of Renaissance London. Cambridge provides a rich source of material: most of the college halls and chapels in which scaffold-theatres were constructed still stand, while records of the Cambridge theatres and the plays performed in them survive in abundance. The book includes a full survey of some dozen Cambridge colleges, the university's commencement stage, and extra-mural theatrical sites used by travelling professional companies, which lead to useful comparisons with the theatres of London. The author concludes with a plea for greater attention to documentary evidence in reconstructing the English Renaissance theatre.

    • Contributes to the debate on the Elizabethan theatre publicized by the excavations of the Rose and the Globe
    • Provides evidence about theatre history in Cambridge
    • Unique documentary and visual evidence for the history of early performance practice
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035972
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Note on sources
    1. Introduction: London to Cambridge
    2. Queens' College
    3. Trinity College from 1605
    4. Other colleges
    5. The university commencement stage, 1464–1720
    6. Secular playing sites
    7. Cambridge staging practices
    8. Postscript: Cambridge to London
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  • Author

    Alan H. Nelson

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