The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642

The Shakespeare Company, 1594-1642

by Andrew Gurr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521807301

ISBN-13: 9780521807302

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first complete history of the theater company for which Shakespeare worked and which staged all of Shakespeare's plays as well as many works by Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, Beaumont and Fletcher. Gurr (emeritus, U. of Reading) provides a comprehensive history of the company's activities, including its management system and finances. He also

Overview

This is the first complete history of the theater company for which Shakespeare worked and which staged all of Shakespeare's plays as well as many works by Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, Beaumont and Fletcher. Gurr (emeritus, U. of Reading) provides a comprehensive history of the company's activities, including its management system and finances. He also describes the fashions in its repertory and its complex relationship with royal patrons. The appendices identify the 99 players who worked in the company and the 168 plays they owned and performed. Gurr also reproduces key documents from the company's history. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521807302
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Preface xiii

1 The plan of 1594 1

The law of writ and taking liberties 1

The team 12

The social eminence of the Blackfriars 29

The basis for success 31

2 The company's work 41

Voices 41

Stage practices and dress 45

The changing personality 49

Travelling 54

Jigs 69

Music and musicians 78

3 'Will money buy 'em?': company finances 85

Company government 85

The Chamberlain's/King's Men's company accounts 90

Housekeeper finances 111

4 'Workes are playes': the public repertory 120

Primary assets 120

The Shakespearean sequence 130

Later innovations 148

Along the way 161

5 Royal loyalties 167

Practical support 167

Royal support 174

The case of Richard II 178

Jacobean politics 180

The politics of Beaumont and Fletcher 187

Caroline interventions 190

Later political consequences of royalism 196

6 The afterlife 200

The consequences of royalism 200

The immediate afterlife 201

The longer afterlife 210

Appendixes

1 The players 217

2 Documents about the company 247

3 The Sharers' Papers 271

4 The repertory 281

5 Surviving play-texts 289

6 Court performances 302

Bibliography 308

Index 326

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