London Civic Theatre: City Drama and Pageantry from Roman Times to 1558

London Civic Theatre: City Drama and Pageantry from Roman Times to 1558

by Anne Lancashire


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Civic theater (drama and pageantry sponsored by city and town governing bodies) is prominently featured in histories of early English provincial drama, but largely ignored in those of pre-Elizabethan London. Anne Lancashire explodes the widely-held notion that significant London theater arose jnly in Shakespeare's era, when the first commercial playhouses were built. She presents a rich panorama of civic theatrical life in London before 1558 that includes Roman amphitheater shows, medieval and Tudor mummings, street pjgeantry and plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521120364
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anne Lancashire is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She has edited the texts of John Lyly's Gallathea and Midas, of The Second Maiden's Tragedy (attributed to Thomas Middleton), and of Clifford Leech's Christopher Marlowe: Poet for the Stage, and has published numerous articles and essays, and given many conference papers and public lectures on medieval and early modern theatre and drama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Company designations; London Mayors and Sheriffs; Transcription Practices; Introduction; Part I. From Roman Times to 1410: 1. Roman London; 2. London c.410-1200; 3. London 1200-1410; Part II. From 1410 to 1558: 4. Company hall plays: performance records; 5. Company hall plays: types and performers; 6. Civic theatre and John Lydgate; 7. Land entries; 8. Water shows; 9. The Midsummer Watch; 10. The Lord Mayor's Show; Appendices: Appendix A. Royals and other entries 1400-1558; Appendix B. Selected civic records.

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