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Playing indoors: staging early modern drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Playing indoors: staging early modern drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tosh, Will, author

What have we discovered about performance practice in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse since the opening of the intimate candlelit theatre at Shakespeare's Globe? Playing Indoors reveals the results of a two-year study into the performance of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama in this unique theatre, drawing together insights into early modern stage practice and the observations of today's actors and spectators. A history of the experiences of artists and audience members who experienced the space first, the book is also a study of the significance of re-imagined theatres like the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Globe. Accessibly written and intended for a wide audience of students, scholars, artists and theatre-goers, Playing Indoors is a valuable contribution to the young field of early modern practice-as-research

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Published London: Arden Shakespeare, [2018]
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Statement of responsibility: Will Tosh
ISBN: 1350013862, 9781350013865, 9781350013872
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xxx, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: United Kingdom, Great Britain; English; Literary studies: general; Classic & pre-20th century plays; Theatre studies; Literature; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Stage history.; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Literature: history & criticism
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350013889


  1. List of Plates
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Note on texts and editions
  4. Prologue Part I. Playhouse in context
  5. Origins
  6. Reception
  7. Part II. Playhouse at work
  8. 'Fair lightsome lodgings': Initial responses to the space
  9. 'Full and significant action': Technique and craft
  10. 'This darkness suits you well': Acting by candlelight
  11. 'You can't help but be involved': Audiences in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  12. Part III. Playhouse and Research in Action
  13. Stagecraft in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  14. Music and lighting in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  15. Epilogue
  16. Appendices
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index