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The Court, the Master of the Revels, and the Players

Richard Dutton

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697861
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697861.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Court, the Master of the Revels, and the Players

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This article explores the players' relationship with the Master of the Revels and the court and suggests that the call to perform at court was always of more professional significance than traditional accounts of early modern theatre in England have allowed. That being the case, the court was always a distinctive arbiter of theatrical taste and practice, long before it became an unavoidable fact of life in the Caroline period. It helped to set the theatrical agenda and did not merely consume what happened to be available. And the key negotiating figures in all of this were the Masters of the Revels — specifically Edmund Tilney, who served from 1578 to 1610; Sir George Buc, 1610 to 1622; and Sir Henry Herbert, 1623 to the closing of the theatres and into the Restoration.

Keywords: Master of the Revels; court; players; theatre; Edmund Tilney; George Buc; Henry Herbert; England; Caroline period

Article.  10110 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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