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Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare's Time

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031165

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  • This book examines the nature of commercial relations among the theater companies in London during the time of Shakespeare. Roslyn Knutson argues that the companies cooperated in the adoption of business practices that would enable the theatrical enterprise to flourish. Suggesting the guild as a model of economic cooperation, Knutson considers the networks of fellowship among players, the marketing strategies of the repertory, and company relationships with playwrights and members of the book trade. This important contribution to theatre history will be of interest to scholars as well as historians.

    • Company history now an important way of looking at Shakespearean theatre, see recent success of McMillin and MacLean, The Queen's Men
    • Challenges entrenched views about theatrical commerce as a 'war of the theatres'
    • Will be of interest to Elizabethan theatre historians and social historians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...usefully straightforward...Knutson addresses the general reader as well as colleagues in her field." Shakespeare Quarterly

    "Very attractive book!" Bibliotheque d' humanisme et Renaissance

    "... this is an immensely learned and invigorating book. I found Knutson's general thesis about the irrelevance of personal animus to the actual relationships among theater companies extremely convincing." Albion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031165
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.326kg
    • contains: 1 map 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and tables
    1. Theatre history as personality
    2. Players and company commerce
    3. Playwrights, repertories, the book trade, and company commerce
    4. Histrio-Mastix and company commerce
    5. Hamlet and company commerce
    6. Poetaster, Satiromastix, and company commerce
    7. Conclusion: hot anger and company commerce

  • Author

    Roslyn Lander Knutson, University of Arkansas
    Roslyn Knutson is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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