Where history happened: Elizabethan drama

Charlotte Hodgman speaks to Dr Tara Hamling about nine places linked with the evolution of Elizabethan drama during the 16th century

A woodcut showing the Globe Theatre, one of London's most famous landmarks and the venue most closely associated with Shakespeare's plays. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Thanks to the reconstruction of the iconic Globe theatre, and the success of blockbuster films like Shakespeare in Love, most people assume that public playhouses were a common sight in England’s towns and cities throughout the Elizabethan period.

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