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London Civic Theatre: City Drama and Pageantry from Roman Times to 1558 (Hardback)
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London Civic Theatre: City Drama and Pageantry from Roman Times to 1558 (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 24/10/2002
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Civic theatre - drama and pageantry sponsored by city and town governing bodies - is prominent in histories of early English provincial drama but has been largely ignored for pre-Elizabethan London. Anne Lancashire explodes the widely held notion that significant London theatre arose only in the age of Shakespeare, when the first commercial playhouses were built there. She outlines the extent and types of early civic theatrical performance, specifically in London, from Roman times to Elizabeth I's accession to the throne in 1558, focusing on Roman amphitheatre shows, medieval and early Tudor plays, mummings, royal entries, and other kinds of street pageantry. With evidence from a multitude of primary sources and extensive use of early chronicle histories, the book raises questions about this urban, largely political theatre which provided an important foundation for the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521632782
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '... a major, eye-opening book about London theatre before Shakespeare, written by the scholar who knows the subject from the ground to the top.' Scott McMillin
Review of the hardback: 'A work of awe-inspiring scholarship covering 1500 years of civic theater in London. [It] will undoubtedly become standard reference material for anyone interested in the field ...This book is a monumental achievement.' Studies in English Literature
Review of the hardback: 'This book should be required reading for all scholars and teachers of drama and theatre, not only because it establishes many of the facts (and corrects many of the fictions) about theatre in London before 1558, but also because it demonstrates the extent to which Medieval theatre in general was a civic activity ...' English Studies in Canada
"[An] informative and expansive history of pre-Elizabethan civic drama in London...[Lancashire's] work here will go a long way towards finally undoing the longstanding assumption that theatrical culture in London was unimportant and at best uninspired before the opening of the city's first purpose-built theaters in the 1570s." Adam Zucker, Columbia University, Albion
"A work of awe-inspiring scholarship covering 1500 years of civic theater in London. [It] will undoubtedly become standard reference matierial for anyone interested in the field. [...] This book is a monumental achievement." Studies in English Literature
"An extraordinary book on London theater before Shakespeare." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
"Lancashire's study makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the rich and complex history of early drama in England in general and of London in particular." Renaissance Quarterly

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