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

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 24, 2002 - Drama - 355 pages
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Civic theatre--drama and pageantry sponsored by city and town governing bodies--is prominent in histories of early English provincial drama, but has been largely ignored for pre-Elizabethan London. Anne Lancashire explodes the widely-held notion thatsignificant London theatre arose only in the age of Shakespeare, when the first commercialplayhouses were built. She provides, with evidence from a multitude of primary sources, a rich picture of civic theatrical life in London before 1558: from Roman amphitheatre shows to medieval and Tudor mummings, street pageantry, and plays.
 

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Contents

Roman London
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London c 4101200
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London 12001410
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performance records
69
types and performers
95
Civic theatre and John Lydgate
118
Land entries
129
ΙΟ The Lord Mayors Show
171
Appendix A Royal and other entries 14001558
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Appendix B Selected civic records
195
Notes
204
List of works cited
305
Index
329
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