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Shakespeare and Theatrical Patronage in Early Modern England
     

Shakespeare and Theatrical Patronage in Early Modern England

by Paul Whitfield White, Suzanne R. Westfall
 

ISBN-10: 0521812941

ISBN-13: 9780521812948

Pub. Date: 09/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This wide-ranging study relates patronage to Shakespeare and the theatrical culture of his time. Twelve distinguished theater historians address such questions as—What important functions did patronage have for the theater during this period? How, in turn, did the theater impact on and represent patronage? In what ways do patronage, political power, and

Overview

This wide-ranging study relates patronage to Shakespeare and the theatrical culture of his time. Twelve distinguished theater historians address such questions as—What important functions did patronage have for the theater during this period? How, in turn, did the theater impact on and represent patronage? In what ways do patronage, political power, and playing intersect? The authors also show how patronage practices changed and developed from the early Tudor period to the years in which Shakespeare was the English theater's leading artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521812948
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of contributors; Introduction: Shakespeare and theatrical patronage in early modern England Paul Whitfield White and Suzanne R. Westfall; Part I. Theories and Histories: 1. 'The useless dearness of the diamond': theories of patronage theatre Suzanne R. Westfall; Part II. Shakespearean Patronage: 2. The King's Men's king's men: Shakespeare and folio patronage David M. Bergeron; 3. Shakespeare, the Cobhams and the dynamics of theatrical patronage Paul Whitfield White; 4. Shakespeare, noble patrons and the pleasures of 'common' playing Leeds Barroll; Part III. From Medieval to Early Modern: 5. 'What revels are in hand?': marriage celebrations and patronage of the arts in Renaissance England David Bevington and Milla Riggio; 6. The city as patron: York Alexandra F. Johnston; 7. Theatrical patronage and the urban community during the reign of Mary Mary A. Blackstone; Part IV. Patrons, Players and Audiences: 8. Privy Councilors as theatre patrons Andrew Gurr; 9. Tracking Leicester's Men: the patronage of a performance troupe Sally-Beth MacLean; 10. Patronage and the companies of boy actors Michael Shapiro; 11. The audience as patron: The Knight of the Burning Pestle Alexander Leggatt; Index.

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