- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: October 16, 1998
Get a front-row seat for the sensational pageantry and bawdy delights of the great theatres of Renaissance England.
In the world of Renaissance England, where public executions fueled bloodlust and bear-baiting was a popular sport, the most popular form of entertainment by far was the theatre. At least a dozen grand stages towering theatres open to the sky put on spectacles nightly for the enjoyment of the masses.
But in 1642, with the stroke of a pen, the great culture of the British stage was wiped out. The theatres were destroyed, and most of the plays lost. Explore the incredible life and tragic end of the theatres' greatest era, when Shakespeare was penning new classics for the legendary Globe Theater, and the actors, impresarios and playwrights were revered by all. The productions were bawdy and fun, full of innuendo and double entendre, thrilling the people with tales of nobility while flirting with the law. Yet the same brazenness which made it so popular ultimately led to its downfall.
With a visit to the restored Globe Theatre, and insightful interviews with experts, trace the fascinating story of ENGLAND'S THEATRES OF BLOOD.