Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594–1625

Shakespeare's Opposites: The Admiral's Company 1594–1625

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Andrew Gurr
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 4/30/2009
EAN 9780521869034, ISBN10: 052186903X

Hardcover, 328 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

The Admiral's Men is the acting company that staged Christopher Marlowe's plays while its companion company was giving the first performances of Shakespeare. Unlike the Shakespeare company, there is plenty of evidence available telling us what the Admiral's company did and how it staged its plays. Not only do we know far more about the design of its two playhouses, the Rose and the Fortune, than we know of any other playhouse from the time, including the Globe, but we have Henslowe's Diary. This recorded everything the Admiral's company performed from 1594 to 1600 and after, what the company bought to stage its plays, who performed which parts, who wrote which plays and even how much they were paid. The first history to be written of the Admiral's Men, this book tells us not only a great deal about the company's own work, but also how the Shakespeare company operated.

1. The company's unique features
2. Tricks of disguise and travel
3. Henslowe's accounts and the play texts
4. Staging at the Rose and the Fortune
5. The company's repertory practices
Appendix 1. The plays
Appendix 2. The players
Appendix 3. Travelling
Appendix 4. Performing at court.