The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642

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The Shakespearean Stage is the only authoritative book that describes all the main features of the original staging of Shakespearean drama in one volume: the acting companies and their acting styles, the playhouses, the staging and the audiences. For twenty years it has been hailed as not only the most reliable but the liveliest and most entertaining overview of Shakespearean theater available to students. For this third edition Professor Gurr has substantially revised the book, bringing it right up to date and incorporating many new discoveries, including those of the archaeologists at the sites of the Rose and Globe theaters. The invaluable appendix, which lists all the plays performed at a particular playhouse, the playing company and date of performance, has also been revised and rearranged.

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Andrew Gurr is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Reading. As chief academic advisor, he was a key figure in the project to rebuild Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. His many publications include The Shakespearean Stage 1574 1642 (Cambridge University Press, fourth edition 2009), Playgoing in Shakespeare's London (Cambridge University Press, third edition 2004) and The Shakespearian Playing Companies (1996). Professor Gurr regularly contributes articles on Shakespeare to publications ranging from Shakespeare Survey to the Times Literary Supplement.

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"Here is a concise, compact, well-organized guide to the premises, practices and finances of the actors; I cannot imagine a handier labor-saving device for the student who has been recommended to read far more than he has time for." Drama

"Gurr's book is admirable in the way it condenses a great deal of technical information into a readable and judicious account. Gurr writes graciously, has a gift for piquant illustration, and provides us with generous quotations from essential documents..." David Bevington, Shakespeare Quarterly

"Andrew Gurr's The Shakespearean Stage is already the standard overview: the Third Edition now ensures that any possible competition will be beaten off for years to come. Mr. Gurr has carried out a thorough revision that includes the recent discoveries of the sites of the Rose and Globe theatres....Mr. Gurr brings a fresh eye to the issues....The Shakespearean Stage is a most accomplished, deft, and well-organized charting of a vast territory. It remains an indispensable companion." Ralph Berry, Dalhousie Review

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