Acting Companies and their Plays in Shakespeare's London (Arden Shakespeare)

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Acting Companies and their Plays in Shakespeare's London explores the intimate and dynamic relationship between acting companies and playwrights in this seminal era in English theatre history.

Siobhan Keenan's analysis includes chapters on the traditions and workings of contemporary acting companies, playwriting practices, stages and staging, audiences and patrons, each illustrated with detailed case studies of individual acting companies and their plays, including troupes such as Lady Elizabeth's players, 'Beeston's Boys' and the King's Men and works by Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Brome and Heywood.

We are accustomed to focusing on individual playwrights: Acting Companies and their Plays in Shakespeare's London makes the case that we also need to think about the companies for which dramatists wrote and with whose members they collaborated, if we wish to better understand the dramas of the English Renaissance stage.

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"Contemporary scholarship on Shakespeare, Elizabethan theater, and early modern culture can seem overwhelming in scope, esoteric in content, and impenetrable in presentation. Keenan's accessible, concise volume is not in that mold ... Each chapter also offers a specific case study in which Keenan meticulously applies the concepts of the chapter to a specific play. Keenan impresses on readers the vitality and significance of acting companies in relation to this celebrated period of theater. This book will be indispensable for those exploring Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Summing Up: Essential. Academic readers at all levels, professionals, general readers." --S. B. Skelton, Kansas State University, CHOICE

"If anyone is seeking comprehensive guidance through the morass of acting companies in Shakespeare's England, this is the place to go to." - Shakespeare Newsletter

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Siobhan Keenan joined De Montfort University as a Senior Lecturer in English in January 2005. Her research interests include Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and Early Modern Women's Writing. She has published a number of essays on theatre history and Renaissance drama, and is the author of Travelling Players in Shakespeare's England (2002) and Renaissance Literature (2008). More recently she edited The Emperor's Favourite (2010), a previously unpublished seventeenth-century tragedy which uses Roman history to comment on the career of Stuart court favourite, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

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