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Author Grote, David.

Title The best actors in the world : Shakespeare and his acting company / David Grote
Published Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002


Description 1 online resource (xv, 299 pages)
Series Contributions in drama and theatre studies, 0163-3821 ; no. 97
Contributions in drama and theatre studies ; no. 97. 0163-3821
Contents From Cross Keys to the theatre, 1594-97 -- Crisis years, 1597-98 -- Globe and Kemp's exit, 1599-1600 -- Life without Kemp, 1600-03 -- King's Men, 1603-06 -- Replacing Shakespeare, 1607-10 -- Shakespeare bows out, 1610-13 -- Appendix A: Doubling roles -- Appendix B: Charts -- Chart A: Timeline of productions for Shakespeare's Company -- Chart B: Probable casting of Chamberlain's men plays
Summary "The first book-length study of its kind, this volume investigates Shakespeare as a member of his acting company, dating and casting all the plays they presented from 1594 to 1614, and exploring the effects of actors in his writing." "Grote describes the company's reorganization as the King's Men, which led to the writing of Shakespeare's great tragedies, as well as the trials of the plague years, Shakespeare's retirement from the stage, the development of writers to replace him, and the burning of the Globe." "Much has been written about Shakespeare and a great deal is known about the Elizabethan theater. Yet little has been done to examine Shakespeare in relation to his acting company. This book casts light on Shakespeare's life in drama and the creation and staging of his plays. More precisely than any other work, it establishes the dates for his company's productions, exploring the varied and profound influences actors had on the works of Renaissance dramatists, and giving us a unique look at the man who knew his actors best of all."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-284) and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- To 1625.
Kemp, William, active 1600.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- England
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Friends and associates.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Relations with actors
SUBJECT Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 fast
Kemp, William, active 1600 fast
Subject Chamberlain's Men (Theater company)
King's Men (Theater company)
SUBJECT Chamberlain's Men (Theater company) fast
King's Men (Theater company) fast
Subject Theatrical companies -- England -- History -- 16th century
Theatrical companies -- England -- History -- 17th century
Acting -- History -- 16th century
Acting -- History -- 17th century
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
Relations with actors
Theatrical companies
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002016080
ISBN 0313012741