Indoor theatres grew out of temporary theatres in existing buildings set up for private performances. Learn about how they were different to outdoor playhouses, who acted in them and more with this Indoor Theatres fact sheet.
Costumes & Cosmetics
Stage make-up, like costumes, helped the audience to
understand a character. Learn about what costumes actors wore, what make-up was used and more with this Costumes & Cosmetics fact sheet.
By 1600 several theatres offered plays most afternoons, with between 10,000 and 20,000 people a week going to London theatres. Learn about the people who went to the theatre, how much they paid and more with this Audiences fact sheet.
The life of an actor changed dramatically during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Learn about the people who became actors, what an average day was like and more with this Actors fact sheet.
The problem of the Heath - King Lear (2008)
Where do the climactic storm scenes of King Lear take place? asks Gwilym Jones.
Myths of Honour - The Merry Wives of Windsor (2008)
It was no accident that Shakespeare set his play in Windsor, as Gwilym Jones reveals.
Playing the Murderer - Love's Labour's Lost
The hunting scene in Love’s Labour’s Lost makes use of many complex associations, as Farah Karim-Cooper explains.
Laughter in King Lear (2008)
Can we laugh at King Lear? Even in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies there are moments of comedy – and never more than in King Lear, writes Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper.