By Siobhan Keenan

Appearing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London explores the intimate and dynamic dating among performing businesses and playwrights during this seminal period in English theatre historical past. Siobhan Keenan's research comprises chapters at the traditions and workings of latest appearing businesses, playwriting practices, levels and staging, audiences and buyers, each one illustrated with particular case reports of person appearing businesses and their performs, together with troupes akin to girl Elizabeth's avid gamers, 'Beeston's Boys' and the King's males and works via Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Brome and Heywood. we're familiar with concentrating on person playwrights: performing businesses and their performs in Shakespeare's London makes the case that we additionally have to take into consideration the firms for which dramatists wrote and with whose participants they collaborated, if we want to greater comprehend the dramas of the English Renaissance level.

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57 Either way, if this was their aim they were not wholly successful as the 1594 order did not prevent the creation of new playhouses, the continued use of other theatres such as the Curtain, or the emergence of new companies in the 1590s. In 1595 Francis Langley opened a new open-air theatre on the Bankside (the Swan) and in 1597 established a new company there (the Earl of Pembroke’s Men), poaching a number of Lord Admiral’s Men in the process; and in 1599 the Earl of Derby’s players began playing at the newly improved playhouse at the Boar’s Head, with the Earl of Worcester’s players later taking their place at that playhouse (1601).

Whether Lady Elizabeth’s players started performing immediately in the capital after the 1611 agreement is unclear. Henslowe’s Rose Theatre had closed by this time and the Fortune was being used by Prince Henry’s players. It is possible that Henslowe arranged for the troupe to perform temporarily at the Curtain or the Swan Playhouses. 69 Whether or not the troupe had taken up residence at the Swan in late 1611 the company – or one branch of it – was within travelling distance of London in the early months of 1612 since they were invited to perform at court three times: on 19 January, 25 February and 11 March.

Indd 23 24/01/2014 15:16 24 ACTING COMPANIES AND THEIR PL AYS Shakespeare’s company and, to a lesser extent, the company which started life as the Lord Admiral’s Men were all but unique; and even the Lord Admiral’s company eventually foundered after being weakened by the loss of its playhouse and most of its playing stock following a fire in 1621. The pressures faced by acting companies and the fact that the different troupes active in London were in inevitable competition as they performed daily has led some scholars to characterize the relations between the leading companies in terms of fierce rivalry.

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