Elizabethan Theatre flourished during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. It witnessed the first professional actors, purpose-built theatres, & the rise of playwrights like William Shakespeare & Christopher Marlowe. The most notable feature of Elizabethan was its flexibility. There was very little scenery, and women's parts were played by boys. The plays covered a wide range of themes, including comedies, romances, histories, & tragedies, & were known for their raucous atmosphere.