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The Queen's Men on tour: provincial performance in vernacular spaces in early modern England

Jones, Oliver (2012) The Queen's Men on tour: provincial performance in vernacular spaces in early modern England. PhD thesis, University of York.

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The ongoing work lead by the Records of Early English Drama project into evidence for drama in England before the closing of the London theatres in 1642 has by now shown that visits to provincial towns, and performances in the spaces made available there, represented common practice for Elizabethan acting companies. The pivotal study made by Scott McMillin and Sally-Beth MacLean, The Queen’s Men and their Plays (1998), demonstrated the potential for tracking the career and plays of one particular company, while the Shakespeare and the Queen’s Men project in Canada showed the merits of exploring the Queen’s Men’s repertory in performance. However, until now such research has been conducted without fully considering the buildings in which such plays were once performed. The specific material, social and political conditions a venue and its occupants imposed on a visiting company had direct consequences for their performances, and it is only by situating performance within extant spaces that we can begin to realise the full potential of McMillin and MacLean’s research. However, until now the methodologies to do so had not been developed. This thesis shows that by combining archaeological and theatre historical research we can better understand the nature of provincial performance, and offers strategies for the exploration of early modern texts in performance in provincial venues.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Queen's Men, touring, travelling, theatre, players, company, Shakespeare, renaissance, early modern, buildings, guildhall, theatre archaeology, Stratford, original practice, performance
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.570133
Depositing User: Mr Oliver Jones
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 09:24
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 13:01
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3833

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