GUESS WHO MIGHT BE TO BLAME?
As he prepares to launch new theatre learning platform A Bit Lit, Shakespeare scholar Andy Kesson shares his thoughts on non-professional theatre in Shakespeare’s time – and why Shakespeare himself might be responsible for taking theatre out of the amateur realm. How did the English language manage to ruin the word 'amateur', which after all, in its original form, means 'lover'? How did being a lover come to be an insult: "You're so amateur"? Well, maybe it was all the fault of Shakespeare and the theatres of his time.
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