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The Licensing Act

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Terry Robinson

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The Licensing Act 1737act of censorship instituted by Robert Walpolegave power to the Lord Chamberlain also known as the examiner of plays to prohibit dramas from being stagedall plays had to go through the examined in order to be approved for stage representationallowed only 3 legitimate theaters in Londonspurred on the rise of illegitimate theaters where the spoken word was not allowedoHarlequinadePantomime takes off in these theatersspurred on the rise of Shakespeare in the legitimate theaterthree central legitimate theaters in eighteenth century Londonthe theatre royal Drury lanethe theater royal convent gardenthe Haymarket summer theatreSir Joshua Reynolds David Garrick 1767introduced the concept of moving your bodythit wasnt a pedestal for the voice anymore 17 century French dramathe body is a means of expression nowthe body was something respectableit wasnt considered lowly to do soGarrickas Richard IIIAct 5 Scene 5Playing for Pointseighteenthcentury actors often adopted poses o
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