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The Audience of the Shakespearean TheaterDuring the Elizabethan Age there were different social classes What you wore depended upon the social class to which you belonged It was easy to distinguish the classes by the way people would dress for the theater and also where they sat to watch the performance The lower class also called peasants were poorer people Most were merchants or servants A peasant man would wear a tunic or shirt and breeches of some kind He would also wear a laced-up or buttoned jerkin vest and some kind of hat All would have cloth hosen stockings and shoes or if he wore no hose he would have long breeches similar to pajama pants A peasant woman wore a long-sleeved shift under everything and at least two skirts over that She had an apron on over the skirts She wore a tight fitting bodice or vest scoop or square necked which usually came to a point in front and laced or buttoned on over the shiftMost peasants paid one penny to stand in the pit to watch what was being performed These people were also called groundlings The pit is the ground floor in the theaterThe middle class and upper class were a lot wealthier than the peasants were Most were knights country squires or wealthy merchants or artisans with their own servants Middle or upper class men wore a close-fitting doublet with long or short skirting that ended somewhere between his upper thigh and the knee this was worn over their skirt He wore breeches also called truck-hose or upper-stocks on his lower half and they were decorated to some degree His hosen also called nether-stocks now reached all the way up his legs His fine shoes were decorated with buckles or ribbon and his garter ties were sometimes embroidered or fringed on the ends He wore either a flat cap or a tall crowned small brimmed hat with feathers
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