Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context

Editor/Author Richmond, Hugh M.
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Continuum

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-82-647776-7
Category: Language & Literature - British literature
Image Count: 34
Book Status: Available
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Reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors' rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • Series Editor’s Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • a
  • above
  • abridgement
  • absolute
  • abuses
  • academe
  • accent
  • accost
  • achieve
  • acoustics
  • act and scene divisions
  • acting on an Elizabethan stage
  • action
  • actors in Shakespeare’s companies
  • adaptation
  • addition
  • Admiral’s Men
  • admiration
  • advance
  • advice
  • affect
  • affront
  • Africa
  • against
  • age
  • alarum
  • alchemy
  • allegory
  • Alleyn, Edward
  • alliteration
  • allow
  • All’s Well That Ends Well
  • amazement
  • ambling
  • America
  • anachronism
  • ancient
  • angels
  • animals
  • anon
  • antic
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • apocryphal plays
  • apparent
  • appeal
  • appetite
  • appointment
  • apprehension
  • apprentices
  • approbation
  • approve
  • apt
  • Arden
  • Arden, Mary
  • argument
  • Aristotle
  • armies
  • Armin, Robert
  • arms
  • arras
  • art
  • artificial
  • As You Like It
  • asides
  • askance
  • aspect
  • assist
  • assonance
  • assume
  • astrology
  • astronomy
  • attach
  • Aubrey, John
  • audiences
  • autobiographical allusions
  • avaunt
  • avoid
  • awful
  • ay
  • Bacon, Francis
  • bad quartos
  • ball
  • ballads
  • Bandello, Matteo
  • bandy
  • Bankside
  • Bardolfe, George
  • barren
  • bastards
  • bate
  • battles
  • bauble
  • bawds
  • beadsman
  • beards
  • Beargarden
  • bed-trick
  • beds
  • bell
  • Belleforest, François de
  • below
  • Benfield, Robert
  • Bible
  • bill
  • birds
  • bishops
  • black
  • Blackfriars Theatre
  • blank verse
  • blocking
  • blood
  • boar
  • Boar’s Head
  • Boccaccio, Giovanni
  • bombast
  • book-keeper
  • boots
  • bosom
  • boy actors
  • brackets
  • braggart
  • brothels
  • brother
  • brow
  • Bryan, George
  • Buck, Sir George
  • buckler
  • buff
  • Burbage, James
  • Burbage, Richard
  • by’r lady
  • caitiff
  • cancel
  • candles
  • canon
  • canopy
  • cap
  • Cardenio
  • cardinals
  • careless
  • carol
  • case
  • Castiglione, Baldassare
  • casting
  • castles
  • catastrophe
  • catchword
  • Catholicism
  • caves
  • censorship
  • ceremony
  • chairs
  • Chamberlain’s/King’s Men
  • chambers
  • change
  • Charles I
  • charm
  • chase
  • chastity
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • check
  • cheer
  • Chettle, Henry
  • children’s acting companies
  • choler
  • chorus
  • chronology
  • churl
  • Cicero
  • Cinthio
  • circle
  • cities
  • civil
  • Clink
  • cloak
  • Cobham, Lord
  • clowns
  • coats
  • Cobham, Lord
  • Cockpit Theatres
  • coffins
  • coil
  • collaboration
  • colour coding
  • comedy
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • commedia dell’arte
  • companies of actors
  • competitor
  • complexion
  • compositors
  • conceit
  • Condell, Henry
  • confessions
  • conjure
  • constables
  • Cooke, Alexander
  • cornet
  • coronations
  • correspondencies
  • costumes
  • countenance
  • counterfeit
  • court
  • courtship
  • cousin
  • Cowley, Richard
  • coxcomb
  • crests
  • critics in Shakespeare’s lifetime
  • Crosse, Samuel
  • crown
  • cry you mercy
  • cuckoldry
  • cuckoo
  • curses
  • curst
  • curtain
  • Curtain Playhouse
  • cushions
  • Cymbeline
  • daff
  • dagger
  • dance
  • dark
  • daughters
  • Davenant, Sir William
  • Davies, John
  • dawn
  • De Witt, Johannes
  • Dekker, Thomas
  • deletion
  • Denmark
  • deputy
  • desert
  • despite
  • device
  • devils
  • dialogues
  • Diana
  • die
  • Digges, Leonard
  • directly
  • discharge
  • discomfort
  • discover
  • disease
  • disguises
  • dismal
  • dispatch
  • dissemble
  • distemper
  • doctors
  • dogs
  • Don
  • Donne, John
  • doors
  • dote
  • doubling
  • down
  • dramatic irony
  • dramatis personae
  • Drayton, Michael
  • dreams
  • drift
  • drinking
  • Droeshout, Martin
  • drum
  • duels
  • dukes
  • dumbshows
  • dump
  • duration of performances
  • ease
  • Ecclestone, William
  • economics of the Elizabethan theatre
  • ecstasy
  • Edgar
  • editions
  • Edward III
  • Edwards, Richard
  • element
  • elision
  • Elizabeth I
  • emendation
  • enchant
  • end-stopping
  • engage
  • engine
  • English
  • engraffed
  • enjambment
  • ensconce
  • entertain
  • entrances
  • epilogues
  • Essex
  • Euphuism
  • executions
  • exit
  • eyas
  • fain
  • fairies
  • faith
  • falconry
  • fall away
  • Falstaff
  • fat
  • fathers
  • fealty
  • feat
  • fellowship
  • feminine endings
  • fencing
  • festivals
  • Field, Nathan[iel]
  • Field, Richard
  • fife
  • flags
  • Fletcher, John
  • Florio, Giovanni
  • flourish
  • foil
  • foin
  • folio
  • fond
  • fools
  • foot-land-raker
  • fop
  • forests
  • form
  • Fortune Playhouse
  • forward
  • foul papers
  • Foxe, John
  • frame
  • France
  • fret
  • friars
  • friendship
  • fub
  • Fuller, Thomas
  • furniture
  • fustian
  • gage
  • gallant
  • galleries (audience)
  • gallery (stage)
  • galliard
  • gamester
  • gardens
  • garland
  • Gascoigne, George
  • gatherers
  • general
  • genius
  • gentle
  • gentleman
  • gentlewoman
  • Germany
  • ghosts
  • Gilburne, Samuel
  • Giovanni, Ser
  • gleek
  • Globe Playhouse (first)
  • Globe Playhouse (second)
  • Globe Theatre (restored)
  • gods
  • gog’s wouns
  • Gosson, Stephen
  • Goughe, Robert
  • Gower, John
  • grace
  • gramercy
  • Granville-Barker, Harley
  • greasily
  • Greece
  • green
  • Greene, Robert
  • Greenwich
  • grief
  • Grooms of the Chamber
  • grossly
  • groundlings
  • gull
  • gust
  • gyves
  • ha!
  • haggard
  • halberd
  • halidom
  • Hall, Edward
  • hallo
  • haply
  • harness
  • harpy
  • Hart, William
  • Harvey, Gabriel
  • hats
  • haunt
  • hautboy
  • havoc
  • hawking
  • heap
  • heart
  • heavens
  • heaviness
  • Hecate
  • Hell
  • Heminge, John
  • Henryson, Robert
  • Henslowe, Philip
  • heraldry
  • heralds
  • Herod
  • Heywood, Thomas
  • hie
  • hierarchy
  • hilding
  • hind
  • hired men
  • history plays
  • hoar
  • hobby-horse
  • Holinshed, Raphael
  • Hollar, Wenceslas
  • Homer
  • homosexuality
  • hooded
  • Hope Playhouse
  • horn
  • horns
  • horses
  • housekeeper
  • houses
  • hull
  • humanists
  • humours
  • Hunsdon, Lords
  • hunting
  • husband
  • husbands
  • iambic
  • idle
  • ill
  • illustrations
  • imagery
  • imagination
  • impertinent
  • incontinently
  • indifferent
  • indirection
  • influence
  • informal
  • Iniquity
  • injury
  • inland
  • inner stage
  • innocent
  • inns
  • Inns of Court
  • instrumental music
  • intelligence
  • intention
  • interest
  • interludes
  • interpolations
  • intervals
  • invention
  • invisible
  • inward
  • Isabella
  • italics
  • Italy
  • iwis
  • Jacobean drama
  • Jaggard, William
  • James I
  • James, Richard
  • jealous jet
  • jig
  • Joan
  • Johnson, William
  • Jones, Inigo
  • Jones, Thomas
  • Jonson, Benjamin
  • Jourdan, Sylvester
  • journeyman
  • juggling
  • Keeling, William
  • Kemble, John Philip
  • Kemp, Will
  • Kenilworth
  • kersey
  • kill
  • kindly
  • kings
  • kirtle
  • kiss
  • knave
  • knocking
  • knotgarden
  • Kyd, Thomas
  • ladies
  • Lancaster, House of
  • law
  • Legge, Thomas
  • Leicester’s Men
  • letters
  • liberties
  • licensing
  • lighting
  • Lily, William
  • location signs
  • Lodge, Thomas
  • London
  • Lord Chamberlain
  • lords
  • lords’ room
  • Lowin, John
  • lumpish
  • lute
  • Lyly, John
  • Machiavel
  • machines
  • Maddermarket Theatre
  • madness
  • madrigal
  • magic
  • magistrate
  • make-up
  • malapert
  • Malapropism
  • malcontent
  • mammet
  • manage
  • mandrake
  • manner
  • Manningham, John
  • Margaret of Anjou
  • maps
  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • marriage
  • marry
  • marshal
  • masques
  • Master of the Revels
  • measure
  • mechanical
  • medievalism
  • mercy
  • Meres, Francis
  • Mermaid Tavern
  • messengers
  • metrics
  • Middleton, Thomas
  • mid-line pauses and speech-endings
  • Middleton, Thomas
  • milk-livered
  • minister
  • miracle plays
  • mislining
  • misprints
  • modern-dress productions
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • mood
  • Moors
  • morality plays
  • Morgann, Maurice
  • morris dances
  • motley
  • mummers
  • murders
  • music
  • music room
  • mutes
  • mysteries
  • Nashe, Thomas
  • national characters
  • natural
  • nature
  • naught
  • neoclassicism
  • Newington Butts Theatre
  • nice
  • night
  • Norden, John
  • North, Sir Thomas
  • Norton, Thomas
  • not-pated
  • nothing
  • oaths
  • observance
  • oeillade
  • officials
  • Oldcastle, Sir John
  • omens
  • onomatopoeia
  • original orations
  • Ostler, William
  • overhearings
  • Ovid
  • Oxford
  • paddle
  • pageants
  • pages
  • paint
  • Painter, William
  • palaces
  • pale-hearted
  • palmer
  • pander
  • pantaloon
  • pander
  • parti-coloured
  • partisan
  • Partlet
  • parts
  • pass
  • pastorals
  • patched
  • patents
  • pathetic fallacy
  • patriotism
  • patrons
  • pauses
  • pay of actors and sharers, etc.
  • Peacham, Henry
  • Peele, George
  • Pembroke, Earls of
  • Pembroke’s Men
  • perdie
  • permissive stage directions
  • personification
  • perturbation
  • Petrarchism
  • Phillips, Augustine
  • pick-thank
  • picked
  • picture
  • pillars
  • pin
  • pioner
  • pit
  • placket
  • plagiarism
  • plague
  • plain-song
  • plainness
  • Plantagenets
  • Platter, Dr Thomas
  • Plautus
  • players
  • playhouses
  • playing
  • plays
  • plays within plays
  • pleached
  • plot
  • Plutarch
  • Poel, William
  • poems
  • point-device
  • point of view
  • poise
  • polarities in drama
  • politics
  • Pope, Thomas
  • port
  • portraits
  • possess
  • possibility
  • practice
  • predominance
  • pregnant
  • prehistory
  • presently
  • pretence
  • pretty
  • prick
  • pride
  • priestesses
  • priests
  • prime
  • princesses
  • principality
  • professions
  • prohibitions on playing
  • prompt books
  • prone
  • pronunciation
  • proof-reading
  • properties
  • prophecy
  • proscenium arch
  • prose in Shakespeare
  • prostitution
  • provost
  • publication
  • pudder
  • punctuation
  • puns
  • Purchas, Samuel
  • Puritans
  • quarto
  • queens
  • Queen’s Men
  • Quince, Peter
  • Quiney, Thomas
  • rack
  • rage
  • Rainolds, John
  • rascal
  • Red Bull Theatre
  • Red Lion Inn
  • Reformation
  • Renaissance
  • repertory
  • Revels Office
  • revenge
  • revision
  • rhetoric
  • rhyme
  • Rice, John
  • rings
  • rituals
  • Roberts, James
  • Robinson, Richard
  • rogues
  • romances
  • Rome
  • Rose Playhouse
  • roses
  • royal
  • ruff
  • rushes
  • Russia
  • Rutland, Francis Manners, sixth Earl of
  • ruttish
  • ’s
  • sackbut
  • Sackville, Thomas
  • sad
  • save thee
  • Saxo Grammaticus
  • ’s blood
  • scamble
  • scan
  • scarf
  • Scot, Reginald
  • Scotland
  • scripts
  • scrivener
  • seal
  • secure
  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
  • sennet
  • sequels
  • sergeant
  • Serlio, Sebastiano
  • servants
  • settings
  • several
  • sewer
  • sex
  • Shakeshafte, Richard
  • Shakespeare, Hamnet and Judith
  • Shakespeare, John
  • Shakespeare, Susanna
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shank, John
  • sharers
  • shirt
  • short lines
  • Siddons, Mrs Sarah
  • Sidney, Sir Philip
  • silences
  • silly
  • Simmes, Valentine
  • simple
  • sirrah
  • sisters
  • skipping
  • sky
  • Slye, William
  • smug
  • sola
  • soldiers
  • solemn
  • soliloquy
  • songs
  • sons
  • sounds
  • sources
  • Southampton, Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of
  • Southwark
  • Spain
  • Spedding, James
  • speech prefixes
  • Speed, John
  • spelling
  • spirits
  • spleen
  • squire
  • stage directions
  • state
  • Stationers’ Company
  • stichomythia
  • stinkards
  • stomach
  • storms
  • Stow, John
  • strain
  • Strange’s Men
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Stubbes, Philip
  • subtle
  • suicide
  • sumptuary laws
  • sun
  • Sussex’s Men
  • swain
  • Swan Playhouse
  • swashing
  • swinge
  • tabor
  • Tarlton, Richard
  • Tate, Nahum
  • Taylor, John
  • Taylor, Joseph tents
  • Terence
  • tetralogies
  • Theatre Playhouse
  • theatres, London private
  • theatres, London public
  • thou
  • thrasonical
  • thrill
  • thrum
  • thunder
  • Tilney, Edmund
  • time of day
  • tires
  • tiring house
  • title-pages
  • tool
  • Tooley, Nicholas
  • torches
  • touring companies of actors
  • tragedy
  • tragicomedy
  • train
  • trapdoors
  • traverse
  • trees
  • trials
  • trumpet
  • tucket
  • tun
  • Udall, Nicholas
  • unaccommodated
  • uncase
  • Underwood, John
  • undo
  • unhandsome
  • unhappily
  • unintelligent
  • universities
  • University Wits
  • unkind
  • upper stage
  • variorum editions
  • Venice
  • Vergil, Polydore
  • versification
  • vice figures
  • viol
  • violence
  • visor
  • Visscher, Jan Claes
  • vocabulary
  • vocal nuances
  • vouchsafe
  • vows
  • Wales
  • walls
  • wan
  • Wanamaker, Sam
  • wanton
  • Ward, John
  • warder
  • wars
  • Warwick
  • Warwick’s Men
  • watch
  • weak
  • weather
  • Webster, John
  • wen
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • whisper
  • whistle
  • Whitehall Palace
  • Whitgift, John
  • whores
  • Wilkins, George
  • will
  • Willobie, Henry
  • window
  • Wise, Andrew
  • wise woman
  • wit
  • within
  • witches
  • within
  • wives
  • women’s roles
  • Worcester’s Men
  • worship
  • Wright, James
  • y-
  • yard
  • yeoman
  • York, House of
  • zany
  • zodiac
  • ’zounds
  • Bibliography