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Roaring Boys
By Judith Cook

Roaring Boys

Playwrights and Players in Elizabethan and Jacobean England New edition

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Roaring Boys by Judith Cook

Book Description

In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780750933698
ISBN-10: 0750933690
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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