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Acting Companies, Patronage, and Performances in Elizabethan

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Transcript of Acting Companies, Patronage, and Performances in Elizabethan

Licenses
Granted to the aristocracy
Provided regulation of troupes and players
Sumptuary Laws
Clothing restrictions - prohibited anyone from wearing clothing above his or her status
Prevented actors from properly portraying kings and nobility
Queen Elizabeth's "Get out Clause"
Acting Troupes
Earl of Leicester's Men
Lord Strange's Men
Lord Chamberlain's Men
Admiral's Men
King's Men
Royal Patronage
Queen Elizabeth provided support to her acting companies through patronage
Included:
Political support
Financial support
Social support
Effects of Patronage
Encouragement of playwrights to produce more works
Players became much more respectable and well-to-do
Exhibited opportunities in acting
Inspired more men to become players and playwrights
Activity
Queen Elizabeth has offered you an opportunity to become one of her famous acting companies! She wishes to see a scene from The Twelfth Night. In groups, act out a few lines from a scene of your choice for the queen so she may determine which company will receive her patronage.
Performances
Hamlet
- an early version of this play was performed at The Theatre
Isle of the Dogs, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
- performed by lesser known acting companies at the Swan Theatre
Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II, All’s Well That Ends Well , King Lear, Macbeth, Henry VIII
- performed at the Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare's plays took place
Acting Companies, Patronages, and Performances in Elizabethan England
Acting Companies
Patronages
Works Cited
Alchin, Linda. "Elizabethan Acting Troupes." Elizabethan Acting Troupes. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-acting-troupes.htm>.
"Elizabethan Theatres." PlayShakespeare. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. <https://www.playshakespeare.com/study/elizabethan-theatres>.
"Shakespeare's Globe Theatre." Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at AbsoluteShakespeare.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. <http://absoluteshakespeare.com/trivia/globe/globe.htm>.
"§4. Royal patronage and its effect. X. The Elizabethan Theatre. Vol. 6. The Drama to 1642, Part Two. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21." §4. Royal patronage and its effect. X. The Elizabethan Theatre. Vol. 6. The Drama to 1642, Part Two. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. <http://www.bartleby.com/216/1004.html>.
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