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Title: Repertory and the production of theatre space at The Globe and The Blackfriars, 1599-1613
Author: Dustagheer, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 2289
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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In this thesis, I analyse the socio-cultural and imaginative spaces of the Globe and the Blackfriars through an examination of the repertory of new plays written for performance in both playhouses. Developing early modern drama scholarship which uses spatial theories, r provide a case study of two venues, focussing on the interactive relationship between repertory and early modern theatre space. I argue that companies responded to the socio-cultural and material qualities of their theatre, but also produced spatial meanings through their repertories. My focus is on the Globe and the Blackfriars because I wish to assess the unique position of the King's Men in 1609 when the company began performing at two playhouses. In summer they performed at the Globe, an amphitheatre on the South Bank of the Thames and, in the winter, at the Blackfriars, an indoor playhouse near the City of London. Before 1609, the Globe was the only venue at which the King's Men performed regularly. A company of boy actors, the Children of the Queen's Revels, occupied the Blackfriars from 1600 until 1608. I begin this thesis by arguing that the boy company at the Blackfriars and the adult company at the Globe produced different spatial meanings through their repertories at both playhouses from 1599 to 1609. ] then divide the analysis of these meanings into chapters addressing what I have called 'social', 'urban', 'playing' and 'haunted' space in order to demonstrate that the King's Men's pO/;t-1609 repertory emerged from the Children of the Queen's Revels' production of space at the Blackfriars, and that the adult company's plays developed the spatial meanings created by the boy company at the indoor playhouse before 1609. I conclude by assessing 'authentic' staging and questions of spatial memory at the reconstructed Globe in light of my claims about the first Globe and the Blackfriars.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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