'Public' and 'Private' Playhouses in Renaissance England: The Politics of Publication

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Abstract / Description of output

At the start of the seventeenth century a distinction emerged between 'public', outdoor, amphitheatre playhouses and 'private', indoor, hall venues. This book is the first sustained attempt to ask: why? Theatre historians have long acknowledged these terms, but have failed to attest to their variety and complexity. Assessing a range of evidence, from the start of the Elizabethan period to the beginning of the Restoration, the book overturns received scholarly wisdom to reach new insights into the politics of theatre culture and playbook publication. Standard accounts of the 'public' and 'private' theatres have either ignored the terms, or offered insubstantial explanations for their use. This book opens up the rich range of meanings made available by these vitally important terms and offers a fresh perspective on the way dramatists, theatre owners, booksellers, and legislators, conceived the playhouses of Renaissance London.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages95
ISBN (Electronic)9781137494924
ISBN (Print)9781137494917
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameEarly Modern Literature in History
ISSN (Print)2634-5919
ISSN (Electronic)2634-5927

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • public
  • private
  • Renaissance
  • early modern
  • theatre history
  • book history
  • politics
  • drama
  • England
  • history of literature
  • history of theatre
  • theatre
  • British and Irish literature


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