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The Living Monument

The Living Monument
Shakespeare and the Theatre of his Time


  • Date Published: July 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295307

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  • Powerful and diversified as it already was, theatrical life in London focused in 1576 upon the opening in Shoreditch of James Burbage's Arena Theatre. Here the plays of Shakespeare, with those of many other writers, shaped and were shaped by popular demand. His company, as Lord Hunsdon's Men, settled in the theatre from 1594 to 1598. The Arena was the model for a dozen later structures. In this book Professor Bradbrook characterizes Shakespeare's achievements and those of his contemporaries and endeavours to 'place' them in their social and differing theatrical contexts. Part I is concerned with the sociology of the theatre and traces the evolution of the new drama from the later years of Elizabeth into the more established conditions of Jacobean times. Part II shows the interaction of Jonson's work for the court with Shakespeare's for the popular stage. As the leading writer now for the King's Men at the Globe I, Shakespeare's reaction to Jonson's challenge and stimulus was an increasing use of romantic elements in his plays, as he integrated the material demanded by the very different audiences at the Globe, the Blackfriars and the court. Finally in Part III, she outlines the post-Shakespearean developments.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295307
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Theatre map of London, 1520–1642
    Table of theatre companies
    Part I. The Sociology of the Theatre:
    1. The theatre and its poet
    2. The triple bond: actors, audience, playwrights
    3. Shakespeare's Histories and the structure of Tudor society
    4. Social changes and the evolution of Ben Jonson's court masques
    5. Jonson and the image of Jacobean London
    6. The manifold theatres of Jacobean London and their poets
    Part II. Jacobean Shakespeare:
    7. Macbeth: the sublimation of spectacle
    8. King Lear and the kingdom of Fools and Beggars
    9. Images of love and war: Othello, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra
    10. Entry to romance: Pericles and Cymbeline
    11. Open form in The Winter's Tale
    12. The Tempest
    13. Shakespeare as collaborator
    Part II. Caroline Curtain Act:
    14. Masque and pastoral

  • Author

    M. C. Bradbrook

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