Shakespeare and the Multiple Theatres of Jacobean London

  • M. C. Bradbrook


In venturing on a topic to which these conferences have contributed so much, I would wish to emphasize a shift in general approach, seeking to relate both the archaeological and the purely thematic or literary approaches by considering primarily the audience structure of the Jacobean theatre. In spite of the large enterprises of G. E. Bentley and Glynne Wickham, reinterpretation proceeds sporadically from a wide range of studies in other fields—the political, the iconographical, and the philosophical, still sometimes divorced from theatrical considerations.


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