Playwrights and Players in Elizabethan and Jacobean England New edition
By (author) Judith Cook
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Roaring Boys by Judith Cook
Book DescriptionIn the late 1580s a new kind of entertainment flowered in London: professional theatre, with its custom built playhouses, professional companies, incredible staging and, last but not least, the new writers, poets, playwrights - the roaring boys. To ambitious young writers, London was a magnet offering the possibility of fame, excitement, wealth and opportunity beyond their wildest dreams. Arriving in London from quite ordinary backgrounds - Marlowe was the son of a shoemaker, Shakespeare's family were leather workers, Jonson's stepfather a bricklayer - they suddenly found themselves feted, offered large sums of money, the darlings of audiences - and they created drama off stage as well as on. Like footballer and media celebrities of today, they behaved like the stars they thought themselves to be - drinking with wild abandon, partying, courting publicity - their reputations growing in the telling. Some set out to shock; some drank too much, some, like Christopher Marlowe, became involved in fights, fatally; a few ran headlong into political danger. This lively and engaging book, packed with anecdote, recreates the lives and times of these playwrights and actors, and the world in which they lived from 1578 when Burbage built the first purpose built theatre to 1620 when the great age came to its end.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750933698
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judith Cook
Roaring Boys, Paperback (October 2004)
Playwrights and players in Elizabethan and Jacobean England
Pirate Queen the Life of Grace O'Malley, Paperback (January 2004)
Best selling biography of Grace O'Malley, infamous Irish Chieftain, pirate, trader and seafarer.
Dr Simon Forman, Paperback (March 2002)View all books by Judith Cook
Simon Forman was one of the extraordinary personalities of Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Like most doctors, he was also an astrologer, reading the stars for all and sundry. This book uncovers Forman's private world, that of a compulsive womaniser who kept a coded diary, a record of promiscuity as colourful as the journals of Pepys and Boswell.
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Author Biography - Judith Cook
Judith Cook was a journalist, playwright and writer of non-fiction. Her books on the theatre included Directors' Theatre, Women in Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Players, and Backstage and she also worked as a part-time lecturer at Exeter University in the Department of Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre. She died in 2004.
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