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The Profession of Player in Shakespeare’s Time, 1590-1642 by Gerald Eades Bentley

By Gerald Eades Bentley

This publication is a entire learn of the normal practices of English avid gamers of the period--how they lived and labored and have been paid, geared up, and solid for elements within the phenomenally well known theaters of britain. Gerald Bentley discusses sharers, employed males, boy apprentices, musicians, traveling teams, and executives, exhibiting that avid gamers generally led tricky yet heavily expert lives.

Originally released in 1984.

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Of the said Thayer and Albanes' shares. And this deponent also saith that he knoweth Thomas Hey wood and Francis Walpole who were sharers in the company left the same and yet he saith that neither Heywood, Walpole, nor himself this deponent ever had afterwards any allowance from the said company. Neither doth this deponent know any reason that anything should be demanded in that kind for he saith there was never any agreement made between the company for the allowing to the executors or administrators of such as should die or to such as should depart the company any sum or money whatsoever.

Further along in their Answer Worth and Keyne deny some of his complaints and explain others. They say that some three weeks before Bankes's complaint he had departed from the company: And since his departure his share is set apart for him and he may have it if he will rejoin himself to the said company according to the said agreement. But these defendants say that the complainant hath not been conformable to the orders of the said company but hath broken the same orders by his disorderly behavior to the very great prejudice of the said company whereof these defendants doubt not but that they shall be able to make due proof to this honorable court.

The selection of Robert Armin as their new comedian and sharer was obviously a matter of great concern and must have required protracted discussions among the patented members. A more fully documented disciplinary action by a group of sharers is that of Prince Charles's (II) company against William Bankes. Again the affair is known through a suit in the Court of Requests, William Bankes v. Andrew Keyne and Ellis Worth in 1635. Both parties agree that Bankes became a sharer by paying into the "stock of the company" £100.

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