The Churchyard in Shakespearean Theatre


On Jun 19th, 2015, Dabbs gave a talk for the Shakespearean Theatre Conference in Stratford, Ontario. This paper examined the relationship between the graveyard scene in Hamlet, and the Paul's Cross churchyard in London during the 16th century.

This churchyard was walked by Elizabethan Londoners frequently because it was surrounded by bookshops and in the central cathedral precinct of St Paul's. Particularly during times of disease or plague, the churchyard was overfilled with the bodies of commoners.