The Rise Of The Elizabethan Theatre

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TV shows, movies, and school plays are modern results of centuries upon centuries of exploration and growth in not only the art of live performance, but the very core of storytelling as well. Throughout its rich and exciting history, however, it’s difficult to find a period quite so prosperous for the art of western storytelling as the Elizabethan era: an era which sparked exponential growth that would be built upon for centuries to come. Since its very beginning, Elizabethan Theatre has had a marvelous impact on the lives of everyone it touched, with effects that can be seen to this day.

The Rise of the Theatre The great Elizabethan Theatre, as many great things do, began small -- so small, in fact, that actors were hardly revered. They made their debut as simple men of entertainment who, whether in effort to spread their craft or to avoid the plague, weaved their way betwixt towns and castles to stop, preform, and then move along (Pillarisetti). It was most common for the wandering actors to preform at inn-yards, or inns with inner courtyards, where they could gather crowds as large as 500 people. (Alchin) While popular enough, however, the actors weren’t particularly trusted: no traveling stranger at the time was. If not suspected of thievery, the actors might be thought to be a carrier of the bubonic plague. Rules and regulations were eventually put into place regarding the travelers, and the nobles of England were licensed and entrusted to watch over particular
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