private theatres

Definition

Theater

  • The indoor London playhouses of Elizabethan, Jacobean, andCaroline times. The most notable were the Boys of St Paul's (1575),the Blackfriars (1576), the second Blackfriars (1600), theWhitefriars (1605), the Cockpit (1616), and Salisbury CourtTheatre (1629). In practice, the 'private' theaters were open to thepublic, although they charged a higher admission price than the open-airpublic theaters. By declaring their theaters private, managerscould avoid censorship and other interference from the authorities.The productions were sometimes described as 'rehearsals' of worksto be presented at the genuinely private court theaters.
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