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Shakespeare, Court Dramatist

Richard Dutton


Shakespeare, Court Dramatist argues that the courts of Elizabeth I and James I were far more central to the playwright’s career than has been appreciated. His playing company only had the privileged playing conditions they had because of their influence and they repaid the patronage with performances at court during its Revels season around Christmas. The book shows how plays performed at court were sometimes revised and often made longer to suit those performances, which were intended to while away the dark nights of midwinter. It draws in detail on evidence of the practices of the rival Lord ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Master of the Revels, revision of plays, court, Henslowe’s Diary, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Hamlet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Dutton, author
Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, The Ohio State University