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Patrons and Performance

Suzanne R. Westfall

Published in print June 1990 | ISBN: 9780198128809
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191671708 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128809.001.0001
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This book is the first to examine early Tudor theatre specifically from the perspective of the great households of England. The aristocrats of the sixteenth century commissioned, funded, and staged complex and often lavish entertainments for their households including plays, masques, concerts, dances, and sports. These thematically and stylistically unified revels, watched by guests and retainers, were designed to swell the social and artistic reputation of the patron and to communicate his ideology — in fact to delight the eye and ear while selectively educating the mind and soul. Theatre became for the nobleman a means to secure loyalty, a loyalty that both reflected and reinforced his political power. Important both as a collection of primary source documents and for its detailed examination of them, this book first considers the evolution, theatrical talents, duties and privileges, and techniques of retained performers, including Chapel Children and Gentlemen, minstrels, playwrights, and players. It then proceeds to a discussion of the interlude and of how the unique relationship between nobleman and artist affects the play's characters, theme, and structures.

Keywords: Tudor theatre; aristocrats; political power; patrons; performers; loyalty; playwrights; players; minstrels; plays

Book.  280 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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The Chapel in Patrons and Performance

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The Minstrels in Patrons and Performance

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Playwrights and Players in Patrons and Performance

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Plays in Patrons and Performance

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