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There was no single 'Elizabethan stage'. Early modern actors exploited various opportunities for patronage and profit between the 1570s and 1642, whether touring, or performing at inns, in country houses, in purpose-built theatres, at court, at the universities, or at the inns of court. This authoritative and comprehensive collection of new essays explores the social, political, and economic pressures under which the playing companies of Shakespeare and his contemporaries operated. It shows how they evolved over time to meet new challenges such as the opposition of City of London authorities, the possibility of permanent location in London, the re-emergence of boy companies c. 1600, and the great increase in court performance which began under James I. Essays also explore the practical everyday business of playing: acquiring scripts and playhouses, dramatic authorship, the contribution of financiers and entrepreneurs, rehearsing, lighting, music, props, styles of acting, boy actors, and the role of women in an 'all-male' world. A number of contributors address the methodologies of theatre history itself, questioning its philosophical premises and evaluating the nature of the evidence we have, such as that from stage directions in play-books or from the visual records. The collection as a whole offers a challenging account of the world of the players in Tudor-Stuart England, revising old assumptions and so inviting us to explore anew the plays which were written for them and which are their greatest living legacy.

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Introduction: Early Modern Theatre History: where we are now, how we got here, where we go next, William Ingram

Section A: Theatre Companies

1. Adult Playing Companies to 1583, W.R. Streitberger

2. Adult Playing Companies, 1583 to 1593, Sally-Beth MacLean

3. Adult Playing Companies, 1593 to 1603, Roslyn Knutson

4. Adult Playing Companies 1603 to 1613, Tom Rutter

5. Adult Playing Companies 1613 to 1625, James Marino

6. Adult playing companies 1625 to 1642, Martin Butler

7. Early (pre-1590) Boy Companies and their Acting Venues, Michael Shapiro

8. The boy companies 1599-1613, Mary Bly

Section B: London Playhouses

9. Inn-yard Playhouses, David Kathman

10. The Theatre in Shoreditch, 1576-1599, Gabriel Egan

11. Why the Globe is Famous, Andrew Gurr

12. The Most Convenient Place: The Second Blackfriars Theatre and Its Appeal, Ralph Alan Cohen

13. The Red Bull Playhouse, Mark Bayer

14. The Phoenix and the Cockpit-in-Court Playhouses, Frances Teague

Section C: Other Playing Spaces

15. 'He who pays the piper calls the tune': Household Entertainments, Suzanne Westfall

16. The Universities and the Inns of Court, Alan H. Nelson

17. Touring, Peter Greenfield

18. Court theatre, . John H. Astington

19. London Street Theatre, Anne Lancashire

Section D: Social Practices

20. Not Just Sir Oliver Owlet: From Patrons to 'Patronage' of Early Modern Theatre, Alan Somerset

21. The Court, The Master of the Revels and The Players, Richard Dutton

22. Theatre Entrepreneurs and Theatrical Economics, Susan Cerasano

23. The City of London and the Theatre, Ian W. Archer

24. Players, Livery Companies, and Apprentices, David Kathman

25. Materiality and the Market: the case of the Lady Elizabeth's Men. The Lady Elizabeth's Men and the challenge of theatre history, Kathleen E. McLuskie

26. 'For the author's credit': Issues of Authorship in English Renaissance Drama, Heather Hirschfeld

27. Women in the Theatre, Natasha Korda

Section E: Evidence of Theatrical Practices

28. Early Modern Naturalistic Acting: The Role of the Globe in the Development of Personation, Jacalyn Royce

29. Actors' Parts, Tiffany Stern

30. Stage Directions and the Theatre Historian, Alan C. Dessen

31. Lighting, R. B. Graves

32. Music and sound, Lucy Munro

33. Properties, Andrew Sofer

34. Eyewitnesses to History: Visual Evidence for Theatre in Early Modern England, Thomas Postlewait

35. Christopher Beeston, His Property and Properties, Eva Griffith

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