Shakespeare's audience

  1. Shakespeare didn't write his plays for university students but for the stage. As actor, playwright and theatre-owner he wanted to "sell" his plays to as many people as possible . In order to understand why Shakespeare wrote his plays the way he did, we have to know something about his audience, i.e. the people who paid to see his plays.

Who went to see William Shakespeare's plays? What social class did these people belong to? What jobs did they have? How much did they pay? What did they expect to see? Are there any important differences between their way of thinking and seeing the world and ours?

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The following links will provide you with information on Shakespeare's audience:

Basics on audience I NEW!!!

Basics on audience II NEW!!!

Shakespeare's audience (follow the link "levels of income")

FAQs on Performance

Elizabethan England I 

Elizabethan England II

FAQs on Elizabethan England

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Elizabethan jobs

Elizabethan fashion

Searchable database on Elizabethan England