Shakespeare in the Theatre

Author: William Poel
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,333 / 209 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 477
Added to site: 2011.07.10
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ge the not received custom of music in our theatre."

Nor is it likely Shakespeare would have approved of any interruptions to the dramatic movement of his plays when once it had begun. He made very sparing use of the chorus, and avoided both prologue and epilogue when possible.

There is, in this same induction by Webster, some dialogue that throws light also upon the estimation in which Shakespeare and his fellow actors regarded their calling and its duties and responsibilities, and is worth quoting:

"W. Sly: And I say again, the play is bitter.

"D. Burb.: Sir, you are like a patron that, presenting a poor scholar to a benifice, enjoins him not to rail against anything that stands within compass of his patron's folly. Why should we not enjoy the antient freedom of poesy? Shall we protest to the ladies that their painting makes them angels? or to my young gallant, that his expence in the brothel shall gain him reputation? No, sir; such vices as stand not accountabl

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