The Rise Of The Common Player Bradbrook Chatto Windus 1964


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The Rise Of The Common Player by M C Bradbrook

A Study of Actor and Society in Shakespeare's England. Here is a fascinating book on a subject with which few people – even literary scholars and historians of the period – are familiar. Miss Bradbrook gives us a social history of the Elizabethan public theatres and their companies; she studies the careers of four representative figures – Laneham, Tarlton, Wilson and Alleyn; she also investigates other forms of dramatic entertainment during the period – the Choristers' theatre, for instance, and the private Masques and Offerings. We are shown how the Elizabethan theatre was developed from Guild plays, Christmas revels and the strolling players, Burbage's opening of the Shoreditch theatre in 1576 being "the most significant date in the history of English drama".


  • Second Impression
  • Publisher Chatto & Windus, London; 1964
  • Burgundy Hardback, 320 pp
  • Illustrated. Notes on the Badges and Armorial Bearings. Arms and Badges. Table of Dates, 1558-1616. Notes. Index
  • Size 220 x 145mm, 750g

Condition: Very Good – Good Unclipped Jacket, No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy

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