This expansive, inter--disciplinary guide to Renaissance plays and the world they played to gives readers a colorful overview of Englanda s great dramatic age. * Provides an expansive and inter--disciplinary approach to Renaissance plays and the world they played to. * Offers a colourful and comprehensive overview of the material conditions of Englanda s most important dramatic period. * Gives readers facts and data along with up--to--date interpretation of the plays. * Looks at the drama in terms of its cultural agency, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.