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Best Actors in the World: Shakespeare and His Acting Company
     

Best Actors in the World: Shakespeare and His Acting Company

by David Grote
 

Shakespeare knew actors because he was one. The first book-length study of its kind, this volume investigates Shakespeare as a member of his acting company, dating and casting all the plays they presented from 1594 to 1614, and exploring the effects of actors on his writing. Much has been written about Shakespeare and a great deal is known about the Elizabethan

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Shakespeare knew actors because he was one. The first book-length study of its kind, this volume investigates Shakespeare as a member of his acting company, dating and casting all the plays they presented from 1594 to 1614, and exploring the effects of actors on his writing. Much has been written about Shakespeare and a great deal is known about the Elizabethan theater. Yet little has been done to examine Shakespeare in relation to his acting company. This book casts light on Shakespeare's life in drama and the creation and staging of his plays. More precisely than any other work, it establishes the dates for his company's productions, exploring the varied and profound influences actors had on the works of Renaissance dramatists, and giving us a unique look at the man who knew his actors best of all.

As a member of the newly organized Chamberlain's Men, a company that rose to fame in the London theater, Shakespeare experienced the numerous crises, both personal and political, that nearly destroyed the company at the construction of the Globe. Grote describes the company's reorganization as the King's Men, which led to the writing of Shakespeare's great tragedies, as well as the trials of the plague years, Shakespeare's retirement from the stage, the development of writers to replace him, and the burning of the Globe.

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Actor, producer, playwright, and director Grote attempts a unified and detailed history of the company of actors Shakespeare wrote for, from its founding in 1994 as the Chamberlain's Men through its name change to the King's Men, to the burning of the first Globe Theatre in 1613, after which Shakespeare ceased to participate in company affairs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313320880
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Series:
Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID GROTE has been involved in theatrical activities for 40 years in Texas and California, where he has acted, produced, and written plays and directed more than 120 productions for school, amateur, and professional theatre companies. He is the author of more than a dozen plays and of 7 previous books, including Common Knowledge (Greenwood, 1987) and British English for American Readers (Greenwood, 1992).

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