Title

Elizabethan Theatre and Clowns

Date

5-31-2018 9:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 9:12 AM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Chair

Michael Phillips

Session Title

Theatre History Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Michael Phillips

Abstract

The Clown has been around in the theatre for centuries. During the Elizabethan period, William Shakespeare wrote a number of plays utilizing the Clown character, specifically for the comedic actor Will Kempe. Will Kempe was loved by many audience members, however over time the friendship between the playwright and the actor became strained. We have learned a lot about the Clown from Will Kempe’s performances, as well as the limits of friendship within the professional theatre.

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May 31st, 9:00 AM May 31st, 9:12 AM

Elizabethan Theatre and Clowns

WUC Columbia Room

The Clown has been around in the theatre for centuries. During the Elizabethan period, William Shakespeare wrote a number of plays utilizing the Clown character, specifically for the comedic actor Will Kempe. Will Kempe was loved by many audience members, however over time the friendship between the playwright and the actor became strained. We have learned a lot about the Clown from Will Kempe’s performances, as well as the limits of friendship within the professional theatre.