William Shakespeare's Plays

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William Shakespeare’s plays have shown some of the most intriguing and insightful acting practices from past to present. The performances of his plays have influenced many actors and companies to abide by the guidelines that were put in place so many years ago. Shakespearean plays are in a sense in a category of their own as they have evolved with the changing times, while staying in similar forms. During the time of Shakespeare the theatre was much different than it is today. There was much stricter rules and guidelines, as well as limitations that were placed on the actors. Throughout Shakespeare’s own life the theatre had changed a lot, which it still continues to do even today. Many of the actors in Shakespeare’s time were restricted to practicing the art of acting on the city’s streets (Rosmanitz). Both the Church and the police limited these practices as they thought it would promote bad behavior and keep the people out of the Church. Before some of the theatres were constructed the actors would perform in the courtyards of inns or sometimes even the homes of noblemen (Britannica). Some influential people such as Queen Elizabeth, truly enjoyed going to the theatre and watching the actors perform, to which she helped promote these practices (Rosmanitz). New reigning popularity of the theatre caused the construction of theatres to be built outside the city’s limits. The audience that would surround Shakespeare’s actors in his time was atypical of some of the audiences we would expect in modern day. The audience would often not stay in their seats. They would at times walk around, eat, drink, and be merry. The audience was truly engaged in the play where they would become part of it in a sense. They would cheer and clap, bo... ... middle of paper ... ...ce as the actors did in the time of Shakespeare. The acting itself is seen as both exaggerated and over-the-top, by which past and present actors try to employ in carrying out Shakespeare’s plays (Britannica). Shakespeare meant for his audience to be engaged throughout the entirety of the play. The uniqueness and shear passion of the plays have helped in the continuum of their success. Works Cited American Shakespeare Center. Blue Key. Web: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=1 Rosmanitz, Klaus. "Theatre in the Age of Shakespeare." Theatre in the Age of Shakespeare. English Online, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. . "The Plays." Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Shakespeare. Britannica, 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2013. .
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