Pangallo refers to 'some informal training' as a characteristic of the professional, a phrase he does not explain further, but which surely might include playgoing
For a fuller picture of dramatic audience than I am able to give here, see also Jennifer Low and Nova Myhill, Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); and Paul Yachnin and Anthony Dawson, The Culture of Playgoing
in Shakespeare's England: A Collaborative Debate (Cambridge U.
While criticisms of the theatre were regularly published, there were also supporters who argued that playgoing
was a beneficial pastime.
Stanev describes the significant difference between "sensible" and "sensory" playgoing
experiences in his chapter on Bedlam: "Dekker, Middleton, and Fletcher appear to have been eager to unsettle more generally the rehearsed nature of what was supposed to be seen on stage by engaging the ocular conditions of theatrical environments in an effort to instill a more 'sensible,' and therefore discerning, rather than a purely 'sensory,' form of playgoing
Andrew Gurr, Playgoing
in Shakespeare's London (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p.
How did playgoing
fit into the rhythms of urban life?
They bet that the playgoing
audience in London had now grown large enough to support amphitheaters made specifically for plays, capable of holding many more people than inns or other city venues.
The theatre's lobby not only supports the ceremony of playgoing
in a way the company's revious venues did not, but its tiers of seating--one of which also functions as a wide stairway--offer the opportunity for yet another performance space within the building.
For others, writing long after the fact in memoirs, nostalgia may have distorted their recollections of youthful playgoing
. Yet these problems should not arrest our inquiry; after all, they affect all attempts to trace audience reactions to productions from the distant past....
At the height of his playgoing
, Godwin attended theater eighty
"In 30 years of playgoing
, I have slumbered through much of the best that British drama has to offer."