This collection of original essays redefines the plays and theatrical culture of the years 1625 through 1642 as something more than simply post-Shakespearean or pre-Revolutionary in character. Through local readings of the texts and institutions of the Caroline theater, leading scholars reveal the drama's intriguing mixture of political engagement, religious controversy, urbane cosmopolitanism, and commercial ingenuity. Spanning locations both real and imagined - from London to Dublin to Tunis; from the Salisbury Court theater to the fantastic landscapes of Inigo Jones - the collection as a whole urges us to recalibrate our histories of seventeenth-century drama to account for the unprecedented innovations of the Caroline period.

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