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What is the role of “Master of Revels”?  

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM via web

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What is the role of “Master of Revels”?


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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM (Answer #1)

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The "Master of the Revels" was an official position in the royal household of England that was first founded in the 14th century. The position was not discontinued until the 18th century when  Parliament and the civil service gradually subsumed many of the functions originally centered around the monarch. The Master of the Revels was tasked with organizing various forms of entertainments for the court and royal household and more generally supervised production and publication of dramas. He would audition theater troupes and select plays for production, and also functioned as a censor. The character Philostrate in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream had the title of Master of Revels.


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