Theater During The Elizabethan Era Essay

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Owen Hatch
Victoria Kendall
English 4A
13 October 2016
Theater in the Elizabethan Era When people think about theater in the Elizabethan Era, people usually think of William Shakespeare first. The Elizabethan theater was so much more than just Shakespeare. Theater In this time was not only plays, but included things such as bear baiting, cock fighting and public executions (“Elizabethan Theatre”). The Elizabethan Era was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth which lasted from 1558 until 1603 (Singman 6-7). The social, economic and political climate of the era all help to make theater popular with all social classes. The Elizabethan Era was a time of renaissance or rebirth of culture and arts in England. Along with this came the popularity of the English Theater.
Elizabethan Era
The Elizabethan Era began in 1558 when the prior Queen, Queen Mary I died and Queen Elizabeth I took the throne (”Elizabethan Age Begins”). Queen Elizabeth I was the half-sister of Queen Mary and both were the daughters of King Henry VIII (“Elizabethan Age Begins”). Queen Elizabeth I was a protestant and after taking the throne established the Protestant Church of England as the official church in England (“Elizabethan Age Begins”). Queen Elizabeth also encouraged exploration by backing such explorers as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh (“Elizabethan Age Begins”). Queen Elizabeth was known as the “Virgin Queen” because she was worried that marrying would weaken her power while on the throne.
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