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Elizabethan Theater Elizabethan times in the 1600s was a progression for the world of the theater A period named after Queen Elizabeth I of England it is from this period that modern day society has its foundation for the entertainment industry From the violence that was prevalent because of the Black Death people turned to the theater for its poetry and romance During this time period there were two types of theatrical performances that were available for the peoples viewing comedies or tragedies These two genres were never really intertwined until the time of William Shakespeare His play Romeo and Juliet is an example of both a comedy and a tragedy It starts off as a comedy with Romeo weeping like a baby because of his love Rosaline who did not love him back and ends as a tragedy when Romeo and Juliet a pair of star crossed lovers commit suicide because the lost of each other It was also during Shakespeares time that writer were finally acknowledged by the people Before this time writers were not considered upper classman Another group of people that began to rise into a higher social class were the actors Actresses were not present back then because women were not allowed on stage It was considered unladylike to have a female actor Men played all the parts Theater owners were dependent on actors to make them a profit Rehearsals for the plays were fairly short only lasting for about a week The performances themselves would only show for three to four days Actors were expected to memorize hundreds of lines at a time While one play could be performing actors would be practicing lines for their next show Play writers also began to make roles for the actors in the theatrical pieces The theaters that actors performed in were roofless so that the sun could be used as lighting Theatrical shows were held in the afternoon
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