Essay about Influences of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

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Theater 210

Professor Mitchell

Influences of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

The Elizabethan Era is the period associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) and is often considered to be a golden age in English history. It was the height of the English Renaissance, and saw the flowering of English literature and poetry. Queen Elizabeth had a big role concerning what the theatre was allowed to perform. All plays that were performed in London had to be approved first by the Queen. This was also the time during which Elizabethan theatre grew and William Shakespeare, among others, composed plays that broke away from England 's past style of plays. The Queen was very fond of Shakespeare 's
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It had little or no scenery; hence, acting companies had to rely on the imaginations of their audiences, and it was done by the words of the plays. The words of the play had to establish what time of day it was. The plays took place outdoors while it was still light out. One example is "The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve"(Theatre and Drama pg. 1), from a Midsummer Night 's

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The stage was a raised platform with an apron so it was not possible to draw curtains

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