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Author Nelson, Alan H.

Title Early Cambridge theatres : college, university, and town stages, 1464-1720 / Alan H. Nelson.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.


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 UniM Bail  792.0942659 NELS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 194 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: London to Cambridge -- 2. Queens' College -- 3. Trinity College from 1605 -- 4. Other colleges -- 5. The university commencement stage, 1464-1720 -- 6. Secular playing sites -- 7. Cambridge staging practices -- 8. Postscript: Cambridge to London -- App. 1 Matthew Stokys on extraordinary commencement, 1564 -- App. 2 Nicholas Robinson on extraordinary commencement, 1564 -- App. 3 Queens' College stage inventory, 1640 -- App. 4 Comments on Queens' College stage inventory, 1640 -- App. 5 Security plans for royal visit, March 1615 -- App. 6 Records of Trinity College drama, 1661-96 -- App. 7 Tabor's search for the university theatre, c. 1620 --App. 8 University graces for a theatre, 1673-5 -- App. 9 Commencement stage timber dimensions, 1528-1668 --App. 10 Records of the university proctors' booth, 1597-1638.
Summary The excavations of the Rose and the Globe theatres have created renewed scholarly controversy about the reconstruction of English Renaissance theatres. This book engages with this debate by attempting a reconstruction of early Cambridge theatres in the context of the professional theatres of Renaissance London. Cambridge provides a rich source of material: most of the college halls and chapels in which scaffold-theatres were constructed still stand, while records of the Cambridge theatres and the plays performed in them survive in hitherto unrecognized abundance. The Queens' College theatre (1546-9 to 1640) is reconstructed and illustrated in minute detail. The stage for Trinity College hall (built by Nevile c. 1605), which was the site of numerous royal visits involving plays, is also reconstructed, while the college's tiring chamber, comedy room, and acting chamber are the subject of close detective work.
Subject Theaters -- England -- Cambridge -- History -- 16th century.
Theaters -- England -- Cambridge -- History -- 17th century.
ISBN 0521431778