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Why was Elizabethan theatre so successful?

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Why was Elizabethan theatre so successful? One of the reasons that Elizabethan theatre was so successful was that it was enjoyed by the Queen. Elizabeth never visited the theatre herself, but was known to have invited companies of actors to perform for her at court, as is shown by this extract from government records in 1572: "To the Lord Chamberlain's players at Whitehall, 25 February 1572, for a play presented by them before Her Majesty on St Stephen's Day." She was a very important patron of the theatre, even allowing one company to call themselves "The Queen's men". This meant that people would think that the theatre was not a bad thing as the ruler appointed by God supported it, and therefore they could not be doing wrong by following her example. The nobles of England were also known to be supporters of the theatre, many invited companies of actors to their homes to perform plays for them. ...read more.

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to sit comfortably in a place where they could be seen by most of the people in the theatre cost only 3 pennies. The cheapness of this attracted people of all classes, the poor to see the wealthy and to have a cheapish day out, and the wealthy to show themselves and their riches off in front of everyone at the theatre. The theatre was very successful because it held attractions for a wide variety of people. To the rich it offered a chance to show off their wealth and to make contacts. If you were a young, single man, going to the theatre dressed in your finest clothes could attract the attention of a young woman to you, and to criminals the theatre was an easy place to pick pockets and steal other desirable items from people in the crowd. To all the chance to buy fruit, nuts, wine and beer was also an attractive proposition. ...read more.

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reflected in The Tempest (1611), the renaissance in Anthony and Cleopatra (1606), magic and superstition in Dr Faustus (1588), violence and cruelty in Macbeth (1606), national pride and English history in Henry VI (1590-91) and love and romance in Romeo and Juliet (1595). The reason that these plays were so successful and attracted large audiences was that they contained fascinating characters, gripping story lines and great poetry. In essence, the plays of Shakespeare and Marlowe captured the "spirit of the time". Overall I think that the most important reason behind the success of the theatre was that not only was it a place where new, exciting plays and performances were held, it held other interests for people of all classes. I think that this is the most important reason because if the only attraction was the plays and the people in them, they would have only attracted only people interested in those particular people or that particular aspects of life and interest. Chloe Purcell 11sz ...read more.

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