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What was the acting group that Shakespeare was in?

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Posted May 22, 2008 at 2:13 AM via web

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What was the acting group that Shakespeare was in?

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Posted May 22, 2008 at 2:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The group was called The Lord Chamberlain's Men The name was later changed to "The King's Men". According to Wikipedia:

The Lord Chamberlain's Men was the playing company that William Shakespeare worked for as actor and playwright for most of his career. Formed at the end of a period of flux in the theatrical world of London, it had become, by 1603, one of the two leading companies of the city and was subsequently patronized by James I.
It was founded during the reign of Elizabeth I of England in 1594, under the patronage of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, the then Lord Chamberlain, who was in charge of court entertainments. After its patron's death on July 23, 1596, the company came under the patronage of his son, George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, for whom it was briefly known as Lord Hunsdon's Men until he in turn became Lord Chamberlain on March 17, 1597, whereupon it reverted to its previous name. The company became the King's Men in 1603 when King James ascended the throne and became the company's patron.

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