Early modern drama out of order: Tamburlaine, chronology and audience response

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Abstract / Description of output

Standard theatre history accounts tend to assume that plays were received in the order in which they were first performed, but playgoers were not bound to watch plays chronologically. Considering Marlowe’s influential Tamburlaine plays, the chapter asks what happens when playgoers watch plays out of the expected order. While there is clear evidence that Tamburlaine had cultural cachet at this time, it does not follow, as is generally assumed, that all audience members would have encountered Tamburlaine before other, related plays.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlaying and Playgoing in Early Modern England
EditorsSimon Smith, Emma Whipday
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781108773775
ISBN (Print)9781108489058
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Marlowe
  • playgoing
  • chronology
  • Henslowe
  • Admiral's Men
  • Rose Playhouse
  • Robert Greene
  • George Peele
  • lost plays


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