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What was Blackfriar's theater and its audience like?

Blackfriar's was an indoor theater, located in a "liberty" within London. Liberties were areas subject to the monarch of England, but to a significant extent not subject to the London puritanical government which disapproved of plays. The audience paid a higher price for seats, and there was no standing room. The audience was generally middle and upper class. Blackfriars used torches and candles for lighting.


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