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 theatre company, created in 1594, which in 1603 became the King's Men. Shakespeare was at the heart of the team of players, who with their successors ran an operation that lasted until the theatres closed in 1642. During those forty-eight years they staged all of Shakespeare's plays, a number of Ben Jonson's, those of

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This is the first complete history of the theatre company, created in 1594, which in 1603 became the King's Men. Shakespeare was at the heart of the team of players, who with their successors ran an operation that lasted until the theatres closed in 1642. During those forty-eight years they staged all of Shakespeare's plays, a number of Ben Jonson's, those of Thomas Middleton and John Webster, and almost all of the Beaumont and Fletcher canon. Andrew Gurr provides a comprehensive history of the company's activities. A chapter on their finances explains the unique management system they adopted and two chapters study the fashions in their repertory and the complex relationship with their royal patrons. The 6 appendixes identify the 99 players who worked in the company and the 168 plays they are known to have owned and performed, as well as the key documents from the company's history.

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 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Preface

1 The plan of 1594 1

2 The company's work 41

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

4 'Workes are playes': the public repertory 120

5 Royal loyalties 167

6 The afterlife 200

App. 1 The players 217

App. 2 Documents about the company 247

App. 3 The sharers' papers 271

App. 4 The repertory 281

App. 5 Surviving play-texts 289

App. 6 Court performances 302

Bibliography 308

Index 326

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