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animals

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Animals have featured in performance from ancient times. The Romans had bears and dogs in dramas, elephants who performed rope walking, and built gruesome shows of animal fights. Throughout...

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Bankside

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

In the sixteenth century, part of London's suburbs on the south bank of the Thames, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. Set in Surrey, free from the control of the Lord Mayor ...

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Edward Alleyn

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Theatre.

(1566–1626),

an actor (R. Burbage's chief rival) and partner of Henslowe, with whom he built the Fortune Theatre, Cripplegate. There he acted at the head of the Lord Admiral's...

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Hope Theatre

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On Bankside, Southwark, built in 1613 by Henslowe as a bear‐garden, with a movable stage on which plays could be performed. Jonson's Bartholomew Fair was acted there in 1614.

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Philip Henslowe

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(c. 1557–1616),

built the Rose Theatre on Bankside in 1587, and thereafter was involved in theatrical affairs (as financier, manager, and owner) and, with Alleyn, in the affairs of...

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Rose Theatre

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Theatre.

On Bankside, Southwark, was built in 1587, and altered and enlarged in 1592, closing in 1602. Henslowe was its owner and Alleyn its leading actor. Shakespeare is thought to have acted there.

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