The Globe Theater was an essential component of Shakespeare’s life; it was the place where his plays were performed, and it contains the memory of years of skill and cultural tradition. The Globe Theater was a major artistic component in the Elizabethan era, for it held some of the period’s greatest performances, and it was where Shakespeare directed and acted his plays. At the time of the creation of the Globe Theater, the theater business was booming. Queen Elizabeth loved the theater and the arts, and theater companies sprang up across England. Though popular, the theater business was often scorned because of its coarse humor.
Tudor London was an arena upon which two significant literary mediums made a staggering rise: the printed pamphlet and the modern play. The introduction of print, accompanied by a rise in literacy during the 16th century, had brought with it a significant increase in the number of publications circulating in the London market. The influx of printed publications not only brought literature to the hands of hitherto unreachable audiences, but also turned the book into a commercial product, being sold for profit. These changes in the consumption and production of literature are known to have had significant implications upon style, the perception of authorship and views regarding the role of literature (Burrow, 2000, pp. 11-29).
At the beginning of the development in drama and theatre in the Elizabethan era the first temporary stages were set at the end of the inn-yards. Those inn-yard theatres evolved into first outdoor theatres and what both of these have in common is that the plays performed on stages attracted many people from all social classes. Shakespeare as a playwright uses many different types of humor in his comedies in order to amuse all of the audience. Many examples of humoristic situations can be seen in ‘’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’. One of the most popular ways to create comedy is by irony.
Ancient Greek theatre and theatre today are very similar. Theatre is the Greek word for “viewing”. Jane Shuter tells us that Greek theatre included three parts: the orchestra, the skene and the audience. The audience would surround the stage by being in a semi-circle. The rows would be curved in so people at the top would be able to see.
In the famous play, Shakespeare utilizes asides to further inform the audience of the characters’ thoughts. In the second scene of the second act, where Romeo is in Capulet’s garden at Juliet’s balcony, Romeo states, “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?” (2.2.40). Here, an aside is used in order to inform the audience of Romeo’s self-conflict. If the event occurred in reality, Romeo would not have stated the above because it is solitarily used to broaden the audience’s understanding of Romeo’s confusing relationship with Juliet.
The December Man is a play created by the English Theatre that played at the National Arts Centre from November 16th, 2015 to November 20th, 2015. The play shows the effects of guilt. The young Jean (Kayvon Kelly), trembles in fear, and guilt from the 1989 Montreal Massacre. He feels guilt for not attempting to rescue those who have been wounded, and killed at the time of the massacre. His parents, Kathleen and Benoît are also greatly affected.
The art of incorporating several elements of drama including: social status and stereotypes in a performance to enhance the effectiveness and relevance, can be traced back to the performance style commedia. Sixteenth century traveling performers in Italy were renowned for their unique performance style and structure that utilised physical theatre, costumes, improvisation, audience interaction and stock characters reflecting levels of social hierarchy. Elements of commedia are evident in modern drama, draw upon commonly to provide effective comic relief. These … were explored further in the Homunculus theatre company’s performance, “The Spirit of the Mask”.
THESIS STATEMENT In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare modeled the relationships between Hermia and Egeus, Titania and Oberon, and Theseus and Hippolyta after the Elizabethan hierarchy, yet challenged the traditional gender roles through his dominant female characters. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through critical analysis, historical reference, and literary interpretation, a comparative study between the Elizabethan era and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented to express Shakespeare’s literary objection to the tradition male hierarchy.
A Golden Time: The Elizabethan Period of the Renaissance During the years 1558 to 1603, the age of the Renaissance had reached its peak. Many art forms bloomed and flourished, as did the trade and the economy. But this is mainly for England, the place from whence the Elizabethan period, the literary height of the Renaissance, had begun.
Brianne Aguilar Mcintosh 1 - 2 October 24th Life in the Elizabethan Era Life in the Elizabethan Era isn’t the bright fairytale milieu you ’d expect from a Shakespeare story. This era lasted from 1558 to 1603 and was reigned by Queen Elizabeth I. This epoch is called the Golden Era because of it’s boom in renaissance-like arts and fine literature. Although this period had a lot going for it, a growing amount of dread plagued the lives of this period.