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date: 01 April 2020

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Anyone familiar with the works of Shakespeare will know that some of his comedies end in a dance, and anyone visiting Shakespeare’s Globe today is likely to witness the company return to the stage after the play to perform a dance. By surveying and appraising the evidence relating to dance as a conclusion to the theatrical event—whether featured at the close of the drama, or as a dance following the play, or as part of a comic musical afterpiece, or “jig”—the chapter explores its tradition, form, function, and significance, then and now.

Keywords: danced endings, jig, dramatic jig, afterpiece, Richard Tarlton, William Kemp, Shakespeare’s Globe

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