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Jul 21, 2021

Scholars know that Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was performed at court. But what does that mean? 

In today's episode, we're diving into what producing a play at court looked like for Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as how performing at court influenced characters and themes of plays like Twelfth Night. 

Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.

Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was using the stage name "Korey Leigh Smith".

Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

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Henslowe, Philip. The diary of Philip Henslowe, from 1591 to 1609. Printed from the original manuscript preserved at Dulwich college. London, Shakespeare Society, 1845.

Hirrel, Michael J. “Duration of Performances and Lengths of Plays: How Shall We Beguile the Lazy Time?” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 61, no. 2, 2010, pp. 159–182. JSTOR, Accessed 23 May 2021.

Lucy Munro. “Actors, Plays and Performances in the Indoor Playhouses, 1625–42: Boy Players, Leading Men and the Caroline Ensemble.” The Yearbook of English Studies, vol. 44, 2014, pp. 51–68. JSTOR, Accessed 18 June 2021.

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