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By Siobhan Keenan

ISBN-10: 1472575687

ISBN-13: 9781472575685

Performing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London explores the intimate and dynamic courting among performing businesses and playwrights during this seminal period in English theatre historical past. Siobhan Keenan's research contains chapters at the traditions and workings of up to date appearing businesses, playwriting practices, phases and staging, audiences and buyers, each one illustrated with distinctive case reports of person performing businesses and their performs, together with troupes reminiscent of woman Elizabeth's gamers, 'Beeston's Boys' and the King's males and works via Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Brome and Heywood. we're acquainted with concentrating on person playwrights: appearing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London makes the case that we additionally have to take into consideration the firms for which dramatists wrote and with whose contributors they collaborated, if we want to greater comprehend the dramas of the English Renaissance degree.

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Having started off as a theatrical landlord and later a banker for Elizabethan companies such as the Lord Admiral’s Men, Philip Henslowe (joint owner of the Rose, Fortune and Hope Theatres) appears to have sought more control over the acting companies he hosted, binding players to play at his playhouses in the late 1590s (usually for three years), and later becoming involved in the buying of playing clothes, properties and playbooks as well as the hiring and firing of hired men for troupes such as Lady Elizabeth’s Men.

62 Despite the regular movements of companies between playhouses and some fluidity in the make-up and names of the companies in Caroline London, the era as a whole was one of considerable stability for the industry. From 1629 until the eve of the civil war and the closure of the playhouses, London playgoers could generally count on being able to see plays in five different playhouses, even if the resident companies at each theatre changed roughly every three years. London playing became a year-round occupation for the players, too, as it became less common for the leading metropolitan companies and players to leave London.

Whether it was a complete merger or simply a temporary collaboration of the two companies, at this stage, is unclear. Like most of the new acting companies set up in Jacobean London the greatest challenge facing Lady Elizabeth’s Men and Prince Charles’s was that of securing a settled London playing venue. indd 41 24/01/2014 15:16 42 ACTING COMPANIES AND THEIR PL AYS the Hope Theatre may partly explain why on 3 June 1615 Philip Rosseter and three partners secured permission for the use of a new theatre created ‘within the Precinct of the Blacke ffryers’ in a building called Porter’s Hall (owned by the father of playwright Robert Daborne).

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