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Shakespeare’s Audiences. By: Rahma Ibrahim. Renaissance Period. Renaissance in England was a cultural and artistic movement. Most of the people resided in rural areas and the cities were crowded, dirty, and considered dangerous.

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Shakespeare s audiences

Shakespeare’s Audiences

By: Rahma Ibrahim


Renaissance period

Renaissance Period

  • Renaissance in England was a cultural and artistic movement.

  • Most of the people resided in rural areas and the cities were crowded, dirty, and considered dangerous.

  • The biggest problem in England was hygiene because there was no sanitary sewers and fresh water.


Social classes

Social Classes

  • The public theaters were built to cater to a wide variety of social classes.

  • The highest class was the Nobility who were rich and powerful.

  • The next highest class was the Gentry and these were rich people who didn’t work with their hands for a living.

  • Then came the Yeomanry, and these were considered middle class people who have enough money to be comfortable.

  • Finally, the lowest social class was the Poor. There were more poor people in England than any other country.


The audience

The Audience

  • The main audiences were separated into three areas in a theater according to social class; the lord’s room, the gentlemen's room, and the groundlings area.

  • The lord’s room was considered as “the best seats in the house.” They were situated in balconies at the back of the stage. A person had to pay 6 pence’s in order to sit here.

  • The gentlemen’s room is cushioned and people who wanted this seat paid three pence's.

  • Groundlings were people who paid 1 penny to watch Shakespeare's plays, and they would stand throughout the play.


What did they wear

What did they wear?

  • Clothing was very important because it showed what type of social class a person was in.

  • The upper class wore elegant and luxurious clothing that were made of expensive velvet, exotic silk and satin.

  • The less noble folks wore clothing trimmed with either fox or otter.

  • The peasants wore clothing made of simple materials such as English cotton, wool and leather.


How did they act

  • The way a person acted during the Elizabethan era depended on what social class they belonged to and their gender.

  • The upper class acted like they were higher than others and had higher authority.

  • The middle class mostly focused on working and earning a living.

  • Life for the poor was very harsh because they didn’t have the money to support them.

  • The women were subservient to men and they depended on them for support.

How did they act?


How did they speak

How did they speak?

  • During the Elizabethan era, people spoke in old English.

  • That’s why most of Shakespeare's plays were in old English. It was the typical everyday language during the time.


Seating s in modern theatres

Seating's in Modern Theatres

  • The more a person pays the better seats they can have.

  • The purple section costs more because it’s closer to the stage.

  • The blue section costs less because it’s farther from the stage.


Technology

Technology

There are many new technological advancements Shakespeare could’ve used.

Different stage lightings.

Sound effects.

Background music.

Curtains.

Many ways of advertising his plays such as T.V’s or computers.

Better stages and seats.


Works cited page

Works Cited Page

  • Pictures

  • http://masoom.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/william-shakespeare.jpg

  • http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/Schools/Springfield/Eliz/images/greendressssper1

  • http://www.broadhursttheater.net/

  • http://www.backstageaudio.net/Front%20Page%20Art/Stage%20Lights.gif

  • http://image.guardian.co.uk/sysimages/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2007/06/15/theatrespotlight460.jpg

  • Websites

  • Alchin, Linda, Elizabethan Era, Retrieved 6/2/09, From:

  • http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-life.htm

  • Best, Michel, ( 2005), Shakespeare’s Audiences, Retrieved on 5/30/09, From:

  • http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/stage/audience.html

  • Briscoe, Alexandra, (2005), Social Classes in Shakespeare, Retrieved on 5/30/09, From:

  • http://www.brandonsd.mb.ca/crocus/library/social_classes_in_shakespeare.htm

  • Judkins, David, (2009), Life in Renaissance England, Retrieved on 5/30/09, From:

  • http://www.uh.edu/~djudkins/life_in_renaissance_england.htm

  • Sarkis, (2009), Clothing In Elizabethan England, Retrieved 6/2/09, From:

  • http://www.elizabethanenglandlife.com/clothing-in-elizabethan-england.html


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