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Re: Flags over Globe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2174  Thursday, 9 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Tom Bishop <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Dec 1999 10:13:41 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe

[2]     From:   Laura Fargas <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Dec 1999 00:43:05 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe


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From:           Tom Bishop <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Dec 1999 10:13:41 -0500
Subject: 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe

>Since theatres were forbidden from advertising their plays, they raised
>flags from their roofs that signified what sort of play was being
>performed that day: white was comedy, black was tragedy, and red was
>history.

Does someone have a citation for this specific color-coding practice? It
sounds suspiciously as though it's been borrowed from some later
critic's reading of Tamburlaine.

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From:           Laura Fargas <
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Date:           Thu, 9 Dec 1999 00:43:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2166 Re: Flags over Globe

Vince Locke <
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> Since theatres were forbidden from advertising their plays, they raised
> flags from their roofs that signified what sort of play was being
> performed that day: white was comedy, black was tragedy, and red was
> history.

In addition, it's in my memory that a yellow flag signaled the premiere
of a new play, with admissions doubled, but I can't provide an
attribution.

Laura Fargas
 

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