Theatre and Crisis 1632-1642 by Martin ButlerTheatre and Crisis 1632-1642 by Martin Butler

Theatre and Crisis 1632-1642

byMartin Butler

Paperback | April 24, 1987

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This is a thorough re-evaluation of the drama written and performed in the decade leading up to the Civil War, the most seriously neglected period of English theatre. Martin Butler overturns long-held assumptions about the nature of Caroline theatre, its playwrights, plays and audiences. The theatrical tradition that was cut short in September 1642 was neither exhausted nor in retreat. Far from being subservient to or dependent on the court, the theatres were expressing sharply critical points of view. Dr Butler makes a strong argument for the value and vitality of Caroline theatre by tracing a drama of political unorthodoxy at court, in the non-courtly indoor theatres, and especially in the open-air theatres which voiced grievances that anticipated the political radicalism of the 1640s. At the heart of the book is a complete re-evaluation of two neglected playwrights, Richard Brome and James Shirley, and a fresh examination of the late plays of Philip Massinger. As a piece of closely integrated historical and literary criticism, with implications for Renaissance drama in general, this is an important and challenging book which will be read by historians as well as scholars and students of seventeenth-century drama.
Title:Theatre and Crisis 1632-1642Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 7.99 × 5 × 0.79 inPublished:April 24, 1987Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521310490

ISBN - 13:9780521310499


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Note on procedures; 1. Some contentions; 2. Drama and the Caroline crisis; 3. Court drama: the queen's circle 1632-37; 4. Lovers and tyrants: courtier plays 1637-42; 5. Puritanism and theatre; 6. The Caroline audience; 7. City comedies: courtiers and gentlemen; 8. The survival of the popular tradition; 9. Concepts of the country in the drama; 10. Some conclusions; Appendix I. Dramatic of semi-dramatic pamphlets 1641-42; Appendix II. Shakespeare's unprivileged playgoers 1576-1642; Notes; Index.