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New PDF release: Acting Companies and Their Plays in Shakespeare's London

By Siobhan Keenan

ISBN-10: 1472575687

ISBN-13: 9781472575685

Performing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London explores the intimate and dynamic dating among performing businesses and playwrights during this seminal period in English theatre background. Siobhan Keenan's research contains chapters at the traditions and workings of up to date performing businesses, playwriting practices, levels and staging, audiences and consumers, every one illustrated with special case experiences of person performing businesses and their performs, together with troupes similar to girl Elizabeth's gamers, 'Beeston's Boys' and the King's males and works via Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Brome and Heywood. we're acquainted with targeting person playwrights: performing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London makes the case that we additionally have to take into consideration the corporations for which dramatists wrote and with whose contributors they collaborated, if we want to greater comprehend the dramas of the English Renaissance level.

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The troupe was back at court later that year performing on 20 October 1612 and, again, on 25 February 1613 and 1 March 1613. indd 35 24/01/2014 15:16 36 ACTING COMPANIES AND THEIR PL AYS thought to be an alternative name for Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan (performed c. 1604 by the Children of the Queen’s Revels). The fact that Lady Elizabeth’s Men appear to have been performing a play originally written for the Children of the Revels seems to confirm what other sources suggest – that Lady Elizabeth’s players merged with the Children of the Queen’s Revels in early 1613.

Despite this disruption, work on the playhouse appears to have continued subsequently and it is possible that the playhouse even opened briefly in 1616, being used by Lady Elizabeth’s Men and Prince Charles’s Men for a joint performance of Field’s Amends for Ladies. Certainly, when Field’s play was published in 1618 it appeared with a title page which claimed that it had been ‘acted at the BlackFryers, both by the Princes Servants, and the Lady Elizabeth’s’. 96 If Lady Elizabeth’s Men and Prince Charles’s players had not already merged formally in London late in 1614 or early 1615, it seems that they had done so by early 1616 when a group of players, made of up actors from Lady Elizabeth’s and Prince Charles’s players, entered into a new agreement with Henslowe’s partner, Jacob Meade and Edward Alleyn (Henslowe having died in January 1616).

An agreement signed between Philip Henslowe, Jacob Meade and Nathan Field (on behalf of his company of players) probably dates from this period and indicates that Field had taken on the role of company leader, probably in the absence of Townsend and Moore who had taken to the road with a touring troupe of Lady Elizabeth’s Men. 84 The plan was to alternate between playing and bear baiting and the theatre was fitted with a demountable stage to make this possible. The bears and the players did not prove happy companions.

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