The everyday life of a company.
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Most playhouses were on the riverbanks:
The only playhouse in the City was the
Blackfriars (1576) (10)
The Lord Chamberlain's
William Shakespeare himself usually played in his own productions. But the most famous "players" of the time were:
In those times, the theatre was a very popular entertainement. The poorer people stood in the central uncovered pit. Only the richer could sit in the roofed galleries. That is why they only played there during the summer.
There was no means of lightening the place, so they performed in daytime. As there were no microphones either, an as the spectators were often very noisy, the players had to repeat their lines in different places of the stage. In fact, it was probably difficult to follow a play: there were cock or dog fights in the pit, there were bear teamers and in the upper galleries, there stood prostitutes.
As for the players, they interrupted their performance regularly to leave way for clowns, dancers and singers. And if they were not good enough, the audience would throw rotten fruit at them.