Hill, T (2013) “All eyes still open to behold them: And all harts and hands to applaud them”: the audiences of the Lord Mayor’s Show. In: The 59th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 4 - 6 April 2013, Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA.

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The annual Lord Mayor’s Show was one of the most spectacular forms of street theater in early modern London. However, it has until recently been an under-utilised resource about theatre practice in the period. My paper will explore the surprisingly numerous eyewitness accounts of the early modern Shows, in order to discover the intended (and, at times, unintended) effects on the sizeable audiences they attracted. Incorporating evidence from the printed books produced to accompany the events as well as the livery company records and Jacobean state papers, I will discuss the use of actors, music, iconography, and special effects in particular, concluding with a reflection on how these aspects of the productions contributed to the wider dissemination of civic values in the Shows to their diverse audiences.

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