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A Jacobean Company and its Playhouse - pr_288866

A Jacobean Company and its Playhouse

The Queen's Servants at the Red Bull Theatre (c.1605-1619)

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Eva Griffith's book fills a major gap concerning the world of Shakespearean drama. It tells the previously untold story of the Servants of Queen Anna of Denmark, a group of players parallel to Shakespeare's King's Men, and their London playhouse, The Red Bull. Built in vibrant Clerkenwell, The Red Bull lay within the northern suburbs of Jacobean London, with prostitution to the west and the Revels Office to the east. Griffith sets the playhouse in the historical context of the Seckford and Bedingfeld families and their connections to the site. Utilising a wealth of primary evidence including maps, plans and archival texts, she analyses the court patronage of figures such as Sir Robert Sidney, Queen Anna's chamberlain, alongside the company's members, function and repertoire. Plays performed included those by Webster, Dekker and Heywood - entertainments characterised by spectacle, battle sequence and courtroom drama, alongside London humour and song.

Product code: 9781107615045

ISBN 9781107615045
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW153xS16
No. Of Pages 306
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This unique and colourful history tells the story of Thomas Heywood's playing company, the Queen's Servants, and their playhouse, The Red Bull. Eva Griffith makes use of extensive research to set the playhouse in the context of Jacobean London, offering new insights into the development of drama during Shakespeare's age.