Elizabethan Theatre

            Elizabethan
theatre, a prevalent form of
entertainment during the Renaissance Era. When learning about Elizabethan
theatre, a common question that arises is why is
Elizabethan theatre popular

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Another common question is when and how early did Elizabethan theatre become so popular during this era as it
was initially shamed on during the beginning.

            Elizabethan
theatre, also known as “English
Renaissance theatre,” and modern English
theatre, refers to the theatre of England during the Renaissance Age.
Early on, this form of theatre was initially shamed upon. Because of the theatre
speaking on harsh and uncommon topics, it was harder to get the church and
political people to conform to this type of theatre.
The history itself, of Elizabethan theatre,
is a rollercoaster ride of entertainment. Finding out how plays were first produced in the Inn-yards, The very
first theater and the development of the amphitheater. The Elizabethan
Entrepreneurs The design and construction of an Elizabethan Theatre etc.

Without
these aspects of Elizabethan theatre, it
would not have become what it was and is today. Now, you may also notice many of
these masterpieces being performed on
Broadway, and theatre teachers informing students of these plays.

            As
explained before, many do not realize why this form of entertainment became so
popular within this period because of how
shamed upon it was. ”Prior to the Renaissance,
theater in England had a precarious place. Depending on the religious and
political views of the current monarch, plays were occasionally banned
altogether. Most plays were either re-enactments of religious events performed
for church festivals, or morality plays meant to impart a clear message from
the church or monarchy to the audience.” (WiseGeek.org). Because of how
honest the plays showed to be, many were against them and did not want them in
their towns. “Traveling theater companies,
particularly in the style of the Italian Commedia
dell’arte, instilled a love of more complex plays in the English citizens.
With support from Queen Elizabeth, the Renaissance playwrights were given a
much more open opportunity with the subjects language and topics. When
the Queen showed a bizarre interest in these plays, she proposed playwrights
continue their beloved works. As the show continued to go on, more individuals
became entertained and accepted this work of art. Due to low sources of
entertainment during the Renaissance Era, the theatre
became widely popular and loved. This form of
entertainment kept citizens busy during their free time.

            To this
day, there are still many known theatrical playwrights. According to WiseGeek.org, “he works of the Renaissance playwrights were
revolutionary in their choice of subject matter, use of poetic language, and
incredible popularity. Many scholars consider the works of Marlowe…”
and “…Shakespeare to be the greatest in
theater history. Productions of their plays have remained popular since the
16th century, and continue to constitute a large portion of live theater
repertoire.” “Most famous of
the English Renaissance playwrights was William Shakespeare. Unlike Jonson and
Marlowe, Shakespeare wrote extensively in all genres, from bawdy comedies like Love’s Labors Lost to epic tragedies
such as Hamlet and Macbeth. Some experts believe Shakespeare
began his career by emulating Marlowe’s lyrical style, but soon developed his
own. Shakespeare is also credited with popularizing new genres of plays,
including the tragicomedy or romance.” (WiseGeek.org). One may see
that there are textbooks filled with Shakespeare’s great works. In Volume D of Journey’s in Literature: British and World Classics, individuals
may see sonnets written by him, therefore, proving that his legacy still lives
on today. Christopher Marlowe is mentioned
when WiseGeek.org states “Christopher Marlowe was the earliest of the famous playwrights
of the time. His work dealt with mainly tragic subjects, characterized by
heroes brought down by their ego. He used his plays as a voice, a way to speak
his political opinion. A dangerous concept in an era where monarchs  beheaded
dissenters. Experts believe his work
contains excellent passages of prose and poetry and include Tamburlaine, The Jew Of Malta, and The
Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. The
Massacre at Paris, one of Marlowe’s final plays, entered dangerous waters
by dealing with a contemporary event and including characters based on
political figures still active in Marlowe’s time. Marlowe was arrested in 1593
for libel and heresy but was let go quickly. Ten days after his arrest,
Christopher Marlowe was stabbed to death in mysterious circumstances. Evidence
has not yet proved conclusive, but some experts suggest that Marlowe was
murdered by order of Queen Elizabeth’s secretary, Thomas Walsingham.”

            In
conclusion, Elizabethan theatre became highly popular in the Renaissance Era
because of how Queen Elizabeth’s adored it, the fact that citizens in the
Renaissance Era had little entertainment and the great playwrights that
contributed to its success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alchin, By Linda. “Elizabethan Theatre.” ELIZABETHAN THEATRE. N.p., n.d. Web. 02
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“Playwrights of
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“Who Were the English Renaissance Playwrights?” WiseGEEK. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2016.

 

Shakespeare, William. “Shakespearean Sonnets.” Journeys in Literature: British and World
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