'Theatre' and 'play+house': naming spaces in the time of Shakespeare

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The chapter first considers the potential effects generated for audiences who saw Robert Greene’s Alphonsus, before turning to the evidence of Henslowe’s Diary which indicates that the Admiral’s Men frequently performed a play by the name of ‘Mahamet’ before Tamburlaine, thereby encouraging audiences to see Tamburlaine after an imitator, rather than before. The chapter concludes by arguing that the early modern repertory system not only enabled but encouraged achronological playgoing in ways that challenge the standard tenets of theatre history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlaying and Playgoing in Early Modern England
Subtitle of host publicationActor, Audience and Performance
EditorsSimon Smith, Emma Whipday
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781108773775
ISBN (Print)9781108489058
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • theatre
  • playhouse
  • play
  • house
  • tiring house
  • tap house
  • music house
  • swordplay
  • Shakespeare
  • Jonson


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