Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Martin Wiggins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199650590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 October 2019

1642: Closedown

1642: Closedown

Chapter:
(p.93) 1642: Closedown
Source:
Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England
Author(s):

Martin Wiggins

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650590.003.0006

This chapter argues that the Long Parliament did not close the theatres in 1642 for Puritan ideological reasons, as is usually supposed. The evidence of prior parliamentary activity suggests that policy was initially to allow the theatres to remain open as a legitimate business enterprise. What we know of the plays and other dramas being staged at the time suggests that they were not likely to be considered politically dangerous, whereas the only obviously subversive dramatic (or semi-dramatic) form, the pamphlet dialogue which flourished after the suspension of press censorship, was unconnected with the theatre. The closure of the theatres was the result of a government U-turn taken in a particular and strikingly contingent set of circumstances involving the revelation of the royalist loyalties of the master of the revels and the specific tenor of one of the sermons preached to the House of Commons on the day the closure was decided; the ideas and words of the sermon are traceable in the text of the closure order which was drafted immediately afterwards.

Keywords:   Long Parliament, John Pym, censorship, pamphlet, dialogue, royalist, press

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .