A Dictionary of Actors and of Other Persons Associated with the Public Representation of Plays in England before 1642

A Dictionary of Actors and of Other Persons Associated with the Public Representation of Plays in England before 1642

A Dictionary of Actors and of Other Persons Associated with the Public Representation of Plays in England before 1642

A Dictionary of Actors and of Other Persons Associated with the Public Representation of Plays in England before 1642

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In this Dictionary I have attempted to assemble all the available information regarding actors, theatrical proprietors, stage attendants, and other persons known to have been associated with the representation of plays in England before the year 1642. The resultant sketches, where records are deficient, inevitably suffer from brevity, and where scholarship has failed to clear up obscure problems in stage history, are marred by conjecture. From time to time, of course, fresh details will be added to our store of knowledge; in particular, not a little information remains to be gleaned from unexplored parish registers and court proceedings. Yet the bulk of what we are destined to know of Elizabethan stage folk has doubtless been garnered by the almost countless scholars who, during more than a century and a half of labor, have been diligently searching in the field. It is my hope that the present effort to collect and organize all the discovered facts--now scattered in widely separated places--will be of use to those who seriously concern themselves with the early drama of England.

In order to facilitate reference, I have abbreviated the titles of the most frequently cited works. As a rule, these abbreviations will be clear to students familiar with dramatic literature, or easily understood by a glance at the Bibliography; those which might occasion difficulty are listed below.

Cohn (Shakespeare in Germany)

Collier (History of English Dramatic Poetry)

Eliz. Stage (Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage)

H. D. (Greg, Henslowe's Diary)

H.P. (Greg, Henslowe Papers)

M.S.C. (Malone Society Collections)

Murray (English Dramatic Companies) . . .

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