Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD

Shakespeare & Repertory


The Repertory System before Shakespeare

Playing the Stock Market
Tracing the effects of the repertory system on the formation of the 1580s English theatre industry, Playing the Stock Market demonstrates that it was dramaturgical features—such as blocking, cosmetics, sound, and props—rather than thematic commitments by which early playing companies distinguished themselves and shaped the industry in which Shakespeare would come to train. Under contract.
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Playing Conditions

Climate and the Rise of Early Modern English Drama
Examining climatological phenomena affecting Britain in the sixteenth century, from archaeological data of drainage around known playhouse sites to the North Atlantic Oscillation index, Playing Conditions demonstrates the role of climate in the emergence of professional playing companies and, by extension, the rise of the Shakespearean playhouses. In preparation with Laurie Johnson (University of Southern Queensland).

Philip Henslowe’s Maths

Economy, Geography, Repertory
Philip Henslowe’s Maths provides a detailed survey of playing company-based finances such as the difference between plays deemed a success or a flop, preferred days of the week and holidays, and the fiscal risks of collaboration—concretizing the economic lives of Renaissance players and playwrights through a range of digital tools. In preparation with Paul Brown (De Montfort University).
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