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The Shakespearian Playing Companies

Andrew Gurr


This book is the first history of the professional acting companies who brought drama to London in William Shakespeare’s time. The book provides a general history of company development from the 1560s, when the first of the major companies belonging to great lords began regularly to offer their plays at court and in London, to 1642, when by Act of Parliament they were closed down. Only in London were the playing companies able to secure purpose-built premises (such as The Globe or The Fortune), and ... More

Keywords: Shakespearean drama, theatrical culture, playing companies, London, The Globe, The Fortune, Edward Alleyn, Shakespearian drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198129776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Gurr, author
University of Reading

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Part I A History of the London Companies from the 1560s to 1642

Part II The Company Histories

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