London Civic Theatre: City Drama and Pageantry from Roman Times to 1558
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 that significant London theatre arose only in the age of Shakespeare, when the first commercial playhouses were built there. She outlines the extent and types of early civic theatrical performance, specifically in London, from Roman times to Elizabeth I's accession to the throne in 1558, focusing on Roman amphitheatre shows, medieval and early Tudor plays, mummings, royal entries, and other kinds of street pageantry. With evidence from a multitude of primary sources and extensive use of early chronicle histories, the book raises questions about this urban, largely political theatre which provided an important foundation for the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
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London c 410 1200
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Civic theatre and John Lydgate
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29 October accounts Acts of Court amphitheatre and/or annual Armourers and Brasiers Atlas bachelors barge Bridge ceremonial chapter Cheapside Chronicle city's civic records civic theatre Clerkenwell Clerkenwell/Skinners Collections company feasts company's coronation entry court minutes display drama Dramatic Texts Drapers E. K. Chambers early fifteenth Edward elaborate England English entertainment example extant feast-time Fitz Stephen's fourteenth century Goldsmiths Grocers Guildhall guilds hall Henry Henry VIII History involved John Lydgate king Kipling late least Letter Books livery company Londinium London civic London companies Lord Mayor's Show Lundenwic Lydgate's major manuscript mayoral oath-taking Medieval Mercers Merchant Taylors minstrels mummings noted occasions ordinances Oxford pageant Paul's payment perhaps period players political printed procession queen reference religious Richard Richard II Roman London royal entries sixteenth century Skinners specific spectacle Stow street pageantry survived theatrical Tower troupes University Press wardens Westminster Wriothesley