I believe that if you want to understand Shakespeare’s plays, then understanding the life of William Shakespeare, the man, is essential. This podcast is designed to help you explore early modern England as Shakespeare would have lived it by interviewing the historians, performers, authors, and experts that know him best.
Richard Dutton is a specialist in the theater of William Shakespeare, having written twenty nine books in all about Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and other early modern dramatists as well. He joins us today to take a look inside some of the unexpected theater conventions that were normal for Shakespeare, and might be surprising for us today.
- What were the sights and sounds someone experienced upon entering The Globe?
- Shakespeare’s plays reference a prayer to the Queen at the end of a production–why did they pray?
- Philip Henslowe is cited as having side jobs related to theater. In the business of theater, would all theater owners capitalize on their options for income this way?
- What about snacks? Did they have popcorn at the theater?
- …and more!
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