Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 317. Tuesday, 3 Dec 1991.
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1991 15:57:00 -0500
Subject: [Audience Reaction in Shakespeare's Theatre]
I am interested in audience reaction, especially applause in the theatre
of Shakespeare's time. I am aware, of course, of passages like the ending
of *The Tempest* or *The Knight of the Burning Pestle*. But what I cannot
find is a systematic discussion of what audiences contributed to the
performances. Susan Bennett's recent book on *Theatre Audiences* is
not of much help, because it is systematic, not historical, and is based
on reception aesthetics. Probably there is no treatment of the questions
I am interested in. So I am interested in any snippet of information
members of SHAKSPER know of.
University of Basel, Switzerland