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Persecution, Plague, and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England

Ellen MacKay


The theater of early modern England was a disastrous affair. The scant record of its performance demonstrates as much, for what we tend to remember today of the Shakespearean stage and its history are landmark moments of dissolution: the burning down of the Globe, the forced closure of playhouses during outbreaks of the plague, and the abolition of the theater by its Cromwellian opponents. This book is a study of these catastrophes and the theory of performance they convey. The book argues that the various disasters that afflicted the English theater during its golden age were no accident but ... More

Keywords: theater, early modern England, Shakespeare, the Globe, Cromwell, theory of performance, English theater, stage, plague, fire

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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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Ellen MacKay, author

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