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The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I’s Court Theatre

W. R. Streitberger


This book reconsiders the relationship between the biographies of the Masters of the Revels and the conduct of their office, rethinks the organization and development of Elizabeth I’s Revels Office, and explores its relationship to the developing commercial theatre. Elizabeth I’s Revels Office was the product of a pre-modern, patronage- and gift-exchange-driven world of centralized power in which hospitality, liberality, and conspicuous display were fundamental aspects of social life. Before 1572 the queen’s revels were principally in-house productions devised by the Masters of the Revels and ... More

Keywords: Masters of the Revels, Elizabeth I, Revels Office, commercial theatre, play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. R. Streitberger, author
Professor of English, University of Washington