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Persecution, Plague, and FireFugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England$
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Ellen MacKay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226500195

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500218.001.0001

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Tyrannical Drama

Tyrannical Drama

(p.47) 2 Tyrannical Drama
Persecution, Plague, and Fire

Ellen Mackay

University of Chicago Press

This chapter tests the strength of Hamlet's theory in some detail; it aims to emphasize the way that Hamlet, in his recollection of “proclaim'd” “malefactions,” makes the case for the theater's “true use” and “quality.” In Hamlet the performance of a play not only draws out the true circumstances of the past succession, but summons down an appropriately cataclysmic end. Crucially, then, Hamlet does not just vindicate acting, but holds up the theater as a cure for a troubled age. The chapter begins by remembering that for Hamlet the salubrity of performance is a lesson exacted from his own spectatorial torment. At the center of the play that has become a key text of enlightened modernity lies the “snappe” and bite of an antique past.

Keywords:   Hamlet, theater, performance, play, modernity, antique past, drama

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