Isabella and Francesco Andreini of Commedia dell’Arte Gelosi

Isabella Andreini, playwright and prima donna, and comic Francesco Andreini performed with commedia dell’arte’s foremost company, the Gelosi. Early companies of commedia dell’arte comprised all-male groups with men portraying women, but in the mid-16th century they introduced actresses to their audiences despite sharp criticisms and attempts to ban them. The first to gain prominence and … Read moreIsabella and Francesco Andreini of Commedia dell’Arte Gelosi

Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre Actors and Performances

William Shakespeare was an actor and co-owner at the Globe Theatre. “Julius Caesar” was likely the first of his plays performed in the new venue. The famous playhouse which opened in 1599 is often referred to as the Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre Investment Located near the Thames River in Southbank, The … Read moreShakespeare and the Globe Theatre Actors and Performances

Blackfriars Theatre in Renaissance London

A monastery built in 1278 by Dominican monks was closed in 1538 by Henry VIII, used as site of two theatres, and permanently closed in 1642 by Puritans. Blackfriars Theatre was named in reference to monks’ vestments. Located near the Thames River in London, England, it was a ‘liberty’ property (within the city walls, but … Read moreBlackfriars Theatre in Renaissance London

16th Century London Theatrical Venues: Stages for Touring Theatre Companies Developed at Inn Yards

Queen Elizabeth fully supported the theatre but the London politicians did not, so traditional venues were utilized by acting companies. The Queen enjoyed the plays and pageants and encouraged new English playwrights. She was patron of an acting company that comprised the best actors from several troupes. Acting Companies and London Theatres Performers were considered … Read more16th Century London Theatrical Venues: Stages for Touring Theatre Companies Developed at Inn Yards