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People and places: The social and topographical context of drama in York 1554 -1609\ud

By Eileen Nora White

Abstract

Drama in York did not take place in isolation from\ud the other happenings in the city, and this study\ud examines the context of the presentation of drama\ud between 1554 and 1609 through the lives of those people\ud involved and the events of their time as revealed in the\ud city records.\ud \ud The first chapter looks at the events of the years\ud 1554, 1569, 1572, 1584, 1592 and 1609, including the\ud dramatic presentations of those years: the final\ud performances of the Corpus Christi Play and Pater Noster\ud Play, Grafton's Interlude, the travelling players and an\ud attempt to establish a theatre in York. It demonstrates\ud in particular the effect on drama of the establishment\ud of the Church of England and the growing strength of\ud central authority.\ud \ud The longest chapter sets out information on people\ud before whose houses the various plays were performed,\ud and attempts to locate those houses and indicate the\ud original appearance of the streets through which the\ud pageants were taken. This is followed by an examination\ud of the few people known to have been involved in\ud presenting drama, comparing the different opportunities\ud open to John stamper in 1554 and Richard Middleton in\ud 1609.\ud \ud The implications of the documentary evidence for\ud events, places and people are discussed in the final\ud chapter, which notes how drama ceased to be a community\ud activity, and how participation passed from the\ud craftsmen to the professional and leisured classes.\ud \u

Publisher: School of English (Leeds)
Year: 1984
OAI identifier: oai:etheses.whiterose.ac.uk:1184

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  1. Illustration 20: Drag ons by John Clerke, 1559 511 1. ORIGINAL SOURCES A. YORK ARCHIVES The documents are noted in the order they appear in the catalogues available at the archives.
  2. (1578). Only the Registers quoted for this study are noted below) All Saints, North Street (All Hallows)

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