For its time,THE SPANISH TRAGEDY had a more profound effect on early modern culture than HAMLET...that was a later construct that comes from the period of the Restoration in 1660. This play was performed far more than Hamlet in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period and was far more popular.
The RSC has performed HAMLET and THE SPANISH TRAGEDY together in recent decades to be performed.
This series of six lectures introduces six plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Once popular and now little-known, they can tell us a lot about what their first audiences enjoyed, aspired to and worried about - from immigrants in early modern London to the role of women in the household, from what religious changes might mean for attitudes to the dead to fantasies of easy money and social elevation.
Revenge has been an issue in all societies from ancient times to the present day. In western culture, the revenge plot has been one of the linchpins of narrative structure, it is central to much Greek tragedy and was immensely popular in Elizabethan and Jacobean theatres.
This Meetup is for people who are interested in getting together to read Shakespeare's plays out loud. Each person will take one (or more!) parts and we will act them out. At each meetup, we'll take one of his plays (chosen at the previous meetup and announced on the Meetup's website), assign parts and run with it. Be funny, be dramatic, have fun!