The Shakespearian Playing Companies

The Shakespearian Playing Companies

by Andrew Gurr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198129777

ISBN-13: 9780198129776

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This ground-breaking study is the first history of the professional acting companies who brought drama to London in Shakespeare's time. Gurr draws on the most up-to-date research to provide a general history of company development from the 1560s, when the first of the major companies belonging to great lords began regularly to offer their plays at court and in

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This ground-breaking study is the first history of the professional acting companies who brought drama to London in Shakespeare's time. Gurr draws on the most up-to-date research to provide a general history of company development from the 1560s, when the first of the major companies belonging to great lords began regularly to offer their plays at court and in London, to 1642, when by Act of Parliament they were closed down. He offers detailed and fascinating accounts of each of the forty companies that played in London during the period, including Shakespeare's company, The Chamberlain's/King's Men. His fascinating and authoritative volume will take its place as an indispensable reference work and the authoritative history for all scholars and students of Renaissance—and Shakespearean—drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198129776
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Pt. IA History of the London Companies from the 1560s to 1642
1An Introduction3
2The First London Companies19
3Travelling36
4Lording it Over the Players55
5Settled Practices78
6The Changes of 1603105
7The Four Companies Under James120
8From 1625 to 1642: Before the Revolution137
Pt. IIThe Company Histories
9Introduction161
10The Early Elizabethan Companies: Berkeley's, Essex's, Rich's, Lane's, Clinton's, Lincoln's, Warwick's, and Sussex's167
11Leicester's Men, 1559-1588185
12The Queen's Men, 1583-1603196
13The Early Boy Companies: Westminster, Merchant Taylors', and Eton Schools; Windsor Chapel, the Chapel Royal Children, and the First Paul's Chapel Children218
14The Lord Admiral's/Prince's/Palatine's Men230
15Strange's/Derby's Men, 1564-1620, and Pembroke's Men, 1591-1601258
16Hunsdon's/Chamberlain's/King's Men, 1594-1608278
17The Lesser Elizabethan Competitors: Oxford's, Hertford's, and Chandos's306
18Worcester's/Queen Anne's/Revels Company, 1562-1625317
19The Later Paul's Boys, 1599-1606337
20The Blackfriars Boys, 1600-1613, and the King's Revels Boys, 1607-1608347
21The King's Men, 1608-1642366
22The Jacobean Royal Children's Companies: The Duke of York's/Prince Charles's (I) Company, and the Lady Elizabeth's Men394
23The Caroline Hall Companies: Queen Henrietta's Men, 1626-1642, King's Revels, 1629-1637, and Beeston's Boys, 1637-1642416
24The Caroline Amphitheatre Companies: The King and Queen of Bohemia's Men, 1626-1631, Prince Charles's (II) Men, 1631-1642, and the Red Bull Company, 1626-1642437
Bibliography449
Index463

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