The Rise of Commercial Playing in 1540s London

Kathman, David
June 2009
Early Theatre;2009, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The article discusses the rise of commercial playing scene in 1540s London. According to the author, the term commercial playing can be defined as professional playing that is more independent and market-oriented. He notes that an early form of commercial playing called proto-commercialism burst into the scene in 1520s. The first sign of true commercial playing appeared a decade after the parish plays of Henry Walton. It continued to grow amidst control and intervention from the government and exploded onto the London scene in 1540s.


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