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Elizabethan acting was far from ‘naturalistic.’ This statement is a widely debated topic. The repertory of the Elizabethan period was highly differed from that of today as was the demands on Elizabethan actors compared to today’s actors. Elizabethan playhouses in two weeks could often present “eleven performances of ten different plays”. Playhouses would not repeat the same play two days in a row. As an actor from the playhouses could often be all or a lot of these plays that were all running at the same time, the demands on the actor were huge. “In the total winter season from August 25, 1595, through February 28, 1596,” one company gave “one hundred and fifty performances of thirty different plays.” Actors were not only required to “commit to memory an amazing number of new plays each season,” but he also had to retain old and previous performances in case they were to be performed again. “A leading actor of the Lord Admiral’s company… , had to se...
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