Packed in to slim volume is a fascinating account of the theatre and the players of shakespeare's time. The book fills a definite need, for the teens, but adults who thrilled to Oliver's Performance of Henry V -- to anyone interested in the history of the theatre of acting, of Shakespeare- this will be absorbing. It is not the author's purpose to present a definite history. He merely whets the apetite for further study, and within the confines of a brief text, manages to get across a remarkably vivid picture of Elizabeth England, and the growth of the theatre as both art and industry. Shakespeare and his dreams figure prominently. The excellent illustration are based on authentic source material, and the style is popular and entertaining.