The Queen's Men and their Plays

The Queen's Men and their Plays

by Scott McMillin, Sally-Beth MacLean, McMillin Scott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521025397

ISBN-13: 9780521025393

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first book devoted to the Queen's Men, one of the major acting companies of the age of Shakespeare. In describing the troupe's position in the general political situation and the London theatre scene of the 1580s, the authors break new ground, showing how Elizabethan theatre history can be refocused by concentrating on the company which produced the plays…  See more details below

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This is the first book devoted to the Queen's Men, one of the major acting companies of the age of Shakespeare. In describing the troupe's position in the general political situation and the London theatre scene of the 1580s, the authors break new ground, showing how Elizabethan theatre history can be refocused by concentrating on the company which produced the plays rather than on the authors who wrote them. Chapters detail the political context in which the Queen's Men were formed; the motives of the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Walsingham, and others instrumental in forming the company; the players' national tours; their impact on the commercial theatre of London; the staging of plays and the nature of the texts sent to the printer. A final chapter considers the company's relationships with the plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare, and explores the possibility that Shakespeare began his career writing for the Queen's Men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025393
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,055,548
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
1The London theatre of 15831
2Protestant politics: Leicester and Walsingham18
3The career of the Queen's Men37
4The Queen's Men in print84
5Casting and the nature of the texts97
6Dramaturgy121
7Marlowe and Shakespeare155
App. ARecorded performances of the Queen's Men170
App. BCasting analysis189
App. CBiographical notes on the Queen's Men194
Notes198
Bibliography227
Index235

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