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date: 29 November 2020

women in audiences 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Susan BennettSusan Bennett

Demographic data on theatre audiences is not often available and this has led to much speculation about their social composition, especially for distant historical periods. For example, received histories of English theatre in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries stated that only aristocratic women and prostitutes were in the audience. Late twentieth-century theatre scholarship has suggested, however, that this is an oversimplification of actual attendance patterns and the audience was much more diversified in terms of both ... ...

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