Repertory System

Roslyn L. Knutson

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Repertory System

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For Shakespeare's plays, there is still work to be done revising the traditional author-centric model in order to view the plays in a repertory of offerings being given by a particular company at a particular venue in a theatrical marketplace shared by some number of competitive player organizations. This article participates in this work by considering Shakespeare's plays as commodities in a thriving commercial environment. The discussion presents issues being investigated in repertory studies as they pertain to the early years of Shakespeare as dramatist, the decade of his membership in the Chamberlain's Men, and his continuation with that company as it became the King's Men. It notes that the challenge is to adduce what theatre historians know in broad terms about the perspective of repertorial practice on the commercial life of Shakespeare's plays.

Keywords: Shakespeare's plays; author-centric model; authorship; repertory studies; Chamberlain's Men; theatre historians

Article.  8573 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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