Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The companies; 3. The players; 4. The playhouses; 5. The staging; 6. The audiences; Appendix: a select list of plays and their playhouses.
A thoroughly revised 2009 edition of this most entertaining and authoritative overview of Shakespearean theatre in its own time.
Andrew Gurr is Professor Emeritus at the School of English and American Studies, University of Reading.
'Here is a concise, compact, well-organised guide to the premises, practices and finances of the actors; I cannot imagine a handier labour-saving device for the student who has been recommended to read far more than he has time for.' Drama 'Gurr's book is admirable in the way it condenses a great deal of technical information into a readable and judicious account. Gurr writes graciously, has a gift for piquant illustration, and provides us with generous quotations from essential documents ...' David Bevington, Shakespeare Quarterly 'The appearance of this fourth, revised edition will place new generations of enquiring readers in Andrew Gurr's debt. Gurr's command of many areas of early modern literary and theatrical scholarship ensures that his concise survey of Shakespeare's theatre remains unparalleled in the field.' John H. Astington, University of Toronto