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Time for Shakespeare: Hourglasses, sundials, clocks, and early modern theatre

Abstract:

Like a number of other prologues of the early modern period, the prologue to Romeo and Juliet is clear about the length of time its play will take in performance. Two hours. But how literal is that claim? This article will question whether plays ever habitually took two hours to perform. It will look at the lengths of playtexts and will ask when and why the 'two hours' assertion was made. But it will also investigate what 'two hours' meant in the early modern period. Exploring, in succession,...

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Published
Peer review status:
Reviewed (other)
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10.5871/jba/003.001

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, English Faculty
Publisher:
British Academy Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the British Academy Journal website
Volume:
3
Pages:
1-33
Publication date:
2015
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uuid:b8f84fdd-6fc7-426c-83e8-54d743132be2
Source identifiers:
572620
Local pid:
pubs:572620

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