English Professional Theatre, 1530-1660

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Glynne Wickham, Herbert Berry, William Ingram
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Drama - 714 pages
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This volume explores the professional English theatre from 1530 to 1660. The documents collected here, many published for the first time, chronicle the exciting and flourishing world of the theatre through the reigns of Henry VIII to Charles I. These exciting primary sources offer first-hand accounts, including the daily life and work of the actor, and the most complete coverage yet of all the playhouses, both public and private, including the Rose, the Globe, Red Lion and the Swan. The volume documents the various theatre companies of children, costumes and stage property matters, audience reception and behaviour, and ecclesiastical and governmental legislation. A full linking narrative and extensive bibliography detailing the location of the primary sources, provide an important reference work and valuable research tool.
  

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Contents

General editors preface
xli
Introduction
1
Henry VIII 15301547
17
Edward VI 15471553
28
Mary 115531558
43
Elizabeth 115581603 48
79
Introduction
153
Players as painted sepulchres and doubledealing ambidexters Phillip Stubbes 1583
166
Patrons and playing companies
204
Costumes properties and playbooks
229
Players travelling in the provinces
243
Companies of children
260
Some illustrative instances of professional
275
Introduction
287
XVIIXX The Four Inns
295
St Pauls
306

Players as unwholesome weeds William Rankins 1587
167
Players as immoral profiteers Samuel Cox 1590
168
The adventures of Roberto Robert Greene 1592
169
The opinions of Pierce Penniless Thomas Nashe 1592
171
Accusations of sexual perversion and stageplaying 1600
172
Cambridge students aspiring to be stageplayers talk with Burbage and Kemp The Return from Parnassus c 1601
173
a Woodcut of Will Kemp 1600
174
Christopher Beeston accused of fornication 1602
175
The proper name for a player is Hypocrite L G 1615
178
Description of a common player John Cocke 1615
179
The character of an excellent player Sir Thomas Overbury 1615
180
11o Anonymous funeral elegy for Richard Burbage 1619
181
a Portrait of Richard Burbage
184
1u Players as exemplars of womanishness Robert Burton 1621
185
Character of a virtuous player John Earle 1628
186
Players as the very dregs of men William Prynne 1632
187
Thomas Barnes carpenter pretends to be a player 1632
189
Augustine Phillips
191
Phillips assessed by the subsidy commissioners 1593
192
Phillips still resident in Horseshoe Court 15951596
193
Churching of Anne Phillips after the delivery of her stillborn child 1597 194 129 Phillips a player in Jonsons Every Man in His Humour 1598
194
Phillips examined about the Essex Rebellion 1601
195
Newington Butts
320
The Theatre
330
The first Blackfriars
388
The Curtain
404
The Rose
419
The Swan
437
The Boars Head
452
the buildings and the theatrical
488
The first Globe
493
The second Blackfriars
501
The first Fortune
531
Whitefriars
547
The Red Bull
564
Woodfords lawsuit against Holland
592
The Hope
595
The second Globe
607
The Phoenix
623
The second Fortune
638
Salisbury Court
649
Bibliography Index
675
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