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The Queen's Men and their Plays


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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025393

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  • This is the first book devoted to the Queen's Men, one of the major acting companies of the age of Shakespeare. In describing the troupe's position in the general political situation and the London theatre scene of the 1580s, the authors break new ground by showing how Elizabethan theatre history can be refocused by concentrating on the company which produced the plays rather than on the authors who wrote them. The book combines a thorough examination of documentary evidence with textual and critical analysis, to provide a full account of the characteristics which gave the company its identity: its acting style, staging methods, touring patterns and repertoire. The conclusions will interest Elizabethan historians as well as students and scholars of early modern theatre.

    • Documentary account of playing places and people, along with literary evaluation of company plays
    • Political context of Elizabethan London
    • Reference features e.g. maps, photos, ground plans, detailed itinerary, cast lists
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    • Winner of the 1999 Sohmer Hall Prize

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    '… they present a revised view of the importance of provincial tours in the life of a company of players, and suggest a degree of state control and use for political purposes of the actors greater than has previously been accepted.' History Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025393
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The London theatre of 1583
    2. Protestant politics: Leicester and Walsingham
    3. The career of the Queen's Men
    4. The Queen's Men in print
    5. Casting and the nature of the text
    6. Dramaturgy
    7. Marlowe and Shakespeare

  • Authors

    Scott McMillin, Cornell University, New York

    Sally-Beth MacLean, University of Toronto


    • Winner of the 1999 Sohmer Hall Prize

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