This PowerPoint Presentation is devoted to the history of the ttheatre during the Ellizabethab times in England. It gives the inaormation about famous theatres of the time, about companies and actors, it also describes the major features of the preformances. The presentation can be used be English teachers in the high school.
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«Elizabethab drama and theatres»
Queen Elizabeth I
loved music, drama, and poetry and
was a patron of the theatre and arts.
King James I
-Became king in 1603;
-Was a supporter of drama;
-James became the patron of Shakespeare’s acting company -
they changed their company name from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men to the King’s Men.
The “ Master of Revels ” was the official censor of the plays.
A patron sponsored an acting company.
Private – small, roofed buildings for the wealthy people.
Public – usually the backyards of inns.
Famous theaters – the Rose, the Swan, the Globe, and the Curtain.
- London’s first theatre;
-Built in 1576;
-Owned by James Burbage.
The Theatre 1576
The Rose 1587
The Swan 1595
The Globe 1599
The Fortune 1600
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre
-Built in 1599;
-Shakespeare was a part owner;
-Burned down in 1613;
-Rebuilt in 1614
- Torn down in 1644 by the Puritans.
the hut (heaven)
the trap door (hell)
the yard (groundlings)
-An o pen-air theatre;
The plays were held in the afternoon in any weather;
-A flag was hoisted on the day of the performance;
The trumpet played three times to announce that the play was about to begin.
The audience paid a penny and stood in the yard to watch a performance (groundlings).
There were about 3000 seats in the galleries for wealthy people.
-Most plays lasted two hours
-No scenery was used during the performance.
The stage was considered a lower class profession, and no women could appear there.
Young boys played female roles.
Actors wore contemporary costumes donated by their wealthy patrons.
- Consisted of 25-30 actors;
Plays were written with actors and their abilities in mind;
- The companies were named after their patrons (Lord Chamberlain’s Men, King’s Men).
- one of the great tragic actors of his day. The roles of Hamlet, Othello and Lear were probably written for him.
Will Kemp was a famous comedian.
William Shakespeare acted in many of his plays.
It is assumed that he played smaller roles in a variety of his own plays, including the ghost of Hamlet’s father.