Fact Sheet: Audiences

In Shakespeare's time, people could attend a play at the local theatre for as little as one penny. Using an informative handout, scholars learn about the typical London audience member during the 1600s. Readers explore how theatre patrons behaved, where they sat, and how their attendance affected performances. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals research the history of cock fighting and bear-baiting in London 
  • Ask small groups to discuss why theatre was such a popular pastime in Elizabethan England
Classroom Considerations

  • Uses British English spelling 
Pros

  • Provides links to additional resources
  • Includes pictures
Cons

  • None
Common Core