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Introduction: Shakespeare’s sisters and household theatre

Watch Alison Findlay explain how the men and women of the Sidney family made different kinds of theatre in the age of Shakespeare.

This week we will study how the men and women of the Sidney family made different kinds of theatre from those which took place in the London playhouses of Shakespeare and Marlowe.

As you are watching the Introduction to the week, think about what kinds of theatre you already know – from Shakespeare’s day and from your own experience.

NB It may be helpful, this week especially, to make use of the on screen captions button for the videos. You can activate these by pressing the small red button on the bottom right of the video screen and clicking ‘English’.

  • How does theatre in the Sidney households and at court differ?
  • Are there any similarities to theatres or theatre-going that you know?

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