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Playing Places and Performances






School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH216 - Aspects of Theatre and Performance: Playing Places and Performances

Tutor: Dr Margaret Shewring (





Autumn Term 2011: Thursday 9.30 – 11.30 am.

Places and Performances: performance in England in the Elizabethan and Jacobean Period 



This module considers the range of performance styles and spaces developed by, and available to, Shakespeare and his contemporaries as they established playing as a lucrative profession in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.


Each seminar concentrates on a specific aspect of performance as a script is brought to life by a particular playing company at a particular venue.


Amateur as well as professional performance is discussed, taking into account provincial as well as metropolitan performance occasions and acknowledging European influence where appropriate.


Each student will be required to read at least one play for each seminar.


In addition, each student will be required to contribute one short seminar presentation during the term. The presentation may be on a specific performance space, or playing company, or performer, or on a particular aspect of performance.


The module is assessed by means of one essay (of 2,500 - 3000 words approx.) and by an examination.