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Shakespearean Playhouses

A History of English Theatres from the Beninnings to the Restoration

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,033 / 381 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.8
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 625
Added to site: 2007.08.26
mnybks.net#: 18010
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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t any certain theatres or set companions, till about the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign they began here to assemble into companies, and set up theatres, first in the city (as in the inn-yards of the Cross Keys and Bull in Grace and Bishop's Gate Street at this day to be seen), till that fanatic spirit [i.e., Puritanism], which then began with the stage and after ended with the throne, banished them thence into the suburbs"--that is, into Shoreditch and the Bankside, where, outside the jurisdiction of the puritanical city fathers, they erected their first regular playhouses.

The "banishment" referred to by Flecknoe was the Order of the Common Council issued on December 6, 1574. This famous document described public acting as then taking place "in great inns, having chambers and secret places adjoining to their open stages and galleries"; and it ordered that henceforth "no inn-keeper, tavern-keeper, nor other person whatsoever within the liberties of this city shall openly show, or play, nor cause

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