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The Abbey and the Idea of a Theatre  

Ben Levitas

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The Irish national theatre movement developed in the ferment of cultural nationalism at the turn of the century, but it was not at all clear what form a national theatre should take: an ... More

The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State  

Lauren Arrington

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The aesthetic principles of education and representation that Yeats and Gregory set out at the founding of the Abbey Theatre enabled the directorate to cultivate a relationship with the ... More

Actors' Parts  

Tiffany Stern

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
When Quince first meets his actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he tells them who they will be playing and a little about their fictional characters. He also distributes to the actors ... More

Adult and Boy Playing Companies 1625–1642  

Martin Butler

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
Despite the fact that the London theatre companies were suspended from playing by order of Parliament in September 1642, an inhibition that lasted (with minor infractions) down to 1660, ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1583–1593  

Sally-Beth MacLean

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
Two pivotal events bookend the decade 1583–1593 in Elizabethan theatre history. In March 1582 to 1583, the careers of several leading acting companies were disrupted by the formation of a ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1593–1603  

Roslyn L. Knutson

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
By any measure, 1593 was a very bad year for the playhouse business in England. The late summer outbreak of plague in 1592 continued in the suburbs of London. Adult playing companies took ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1603–1613  

Tom Rutter

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
The year 1603 ushered in a new chapter in the history of early modern theatre companies in England. First, it marks the end of one reign and the beginning of another: Elizabeth died on ... More

Adult Playing Companies 1613–1625  

James J. Marino

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
On June 29, 1613, at the first performance of William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's All Is True, the Globe playhouse burned to the ground. The destruction of this iconic theatre might be ... More

Adult Playing Companies to 1583  

W. R. Streitberger

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
In March 1583, Elizabeth I's Principal Secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, asked Edmond Tilney, then Master of the Revels, to choose a new company of players to serve under the Queen's ... More

African American Drama, 1910–45  

Kathy A. Perkins

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay traces the efforts of African American women to establish new voices in the American theater during the period from 1910 to 1945. It discusses the role of the Federal Theatre ... More

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