The Elizabethan Theatre Era

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Introduction to our specific production and the theatre design element: While evaluating the history of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is apparent that an exact date, time, or stage design has been identified for this particular Shakespearean masterpiece. It is believed by some scholars that William Shakespeare wrote this play with a wedding in mind, while other’s will argue that the final script wasn’t performed for anyone in particular, but rather for the general public in an amphitheater setting. According to the time period that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was made public, it is a large possibility that it was not performed in London, and that it was most definitely not performed as a small production in an Inn-yard, or even an indoor playhouse. The Elizabethan Theatre Era Prior to the rule of the Queen Elizabeth I, acting was not seen as a serious profession. Most of the players (unless they were summoned to the King’s court) were working men, who held everyday jobs in addition to being entertainers. Although the plays that could be performed were limited (as the theme was normally based around religion), the demand for theatrical entertainment was vast, and the theatre was becoming a fashionable place to go for entertainment. Of course, with the theatre growing into a popular form of amusement, a large issue surrounding the art was a finding a place to perform. Because of the strict regulations passed by the English government (which was tremendously
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