The results are in and at Current Archaeology Live 2014, Julian Bowsher’s Shakespeare’s London Theatreland was the deserving winner of the Book of the Year award, sponsored by Oxbow Books. Congratulations to everyone involved!
This guide to the unique theatrical venues of London, from 1567, when the first playhouse was built, to 1642, when Cromwell closed them down, sets out the rich dramatic history of this period in relation to the latest exciting archaeological evidence. The book also details the people involved – the builders, actors, playwrights and audiences – what they wore and what they ate, where they drank, where they fought, where they lived and died. There are theatrical quotes and jokes, and illustrations old and new, while a series of walks explores different areas of today’s London, where glimpses of Shakespeare’s London can still be caught.
“This is an essential and accessible reference book which can be read from cover to cover for pure enjoyment.” – John Earl in Theatre Magazine, 2012
“This is a beautifully designed book which successfully binds together a gripping and imaginative narrative with rigorous historical analysis and clear presentation of know facts and articles.” – Eleanor Collins in Around the Globe, 2013
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