With the English Civil War having broken out in earnest in June
1642, the Long Parliament was now led primarily by Puritans, who
viewed the theatre as centres of vice. On 2nd September, an
ordinance was passed that ordered theatres to close for the
duration of the war. In the event, they remained closed throughout
the period of the Cromwellian Commonwealth, only re-opening with
the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.
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