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Re: Groundlings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0266  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

[1]     From:   Ruth Ross <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 20:11:24 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.0252 Groundlings

[2]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 05:52:57 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0252 Groundlings

[3]     From:   David Nicol <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 12:45:21
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From:           Ruth Ross <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 20:11:24 -0500
Subject: 13.0252 Groundlings
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0252 Groundlings

I once came across a book entitled "The Privileged Playgoers of
Shakespeare's London, 1576-1642" by Ann Jennalie Cook. It's out of
print, but there might be some info on groundlings.

Ruth Ross

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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 05:52:57 EST
Subject: 13.0252 Groundlings
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0252 Groundlings

This from Hamlet F1 gives the impression of the actors vs the
groundlings quite well I think:

O it offends mee to the Soule,
to see a robustious Pery-wig-pated Fellow, teare a Passi-
on to tatters, to verie ragges, to split the eares of the
Groundlings: who (for the most part) are capeable of
nothing, but inexplicable dumbe shewes, & noise: I could
haue such a Fellow whipt for o're-doing Termagant: it
out- Herod's Herod. Pray you auoid it.

I'm with the groundlings any day!

Best,
Marcus

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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 12:45:21
Subject: 13.0252 Groundlings
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0252 Groundlings

"I have known upon one of these Festivals, but especially at
Shrove-tide, where the Players have been appointed, notwithstanding
their bils to the contrary, to act what the major part of the company
had a mind to; sometimes 'Tamerlane', sometimes 'Jugurth', sometimes
'The Jew of Malta', and sometimes parts of all these, and at last, none
of the three taking, they were forced to undresse and put off their
Tragick habits, and conclude the day with the merry milk-maides. And
unless this were done, and the popular humour satisfied, as sometimes it
so fortun'd, that the Players were refractory; the Benches, the tiles,
the laths, the stones, Oranges, Apples, Nuts, flew about most
liberally."

- Edmund Gayton, "Pleasant Notes upon Don Quixote" (1654), p. 271

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