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What where Shakespeare's acting troupe called and why?

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dl138089 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2009 at 10:44 PM via web

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What where Shakespeare's acting troupe called and why?

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hi1954 | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM (Answer #1)

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The troupe Shakespeare joined in London had originally been formed under the patronage of Lord Strange, but on his death in 1594 the troupe found a new patron, Lord Henry Carey.  As Carey was Lord Chamberlain at the time, the group was renamed "the Lord Chamberlain's Men."  We know from documentation early in the next year that during the 1594 Christmas season Shakespeare was a "senior member" of the troupe.  In 1595 Shakespeare was listed as actor and one of the shareholder's of the troup, whose principal sharer (and actor) was Richard Burbage.  Will Kemp, most famous clown of the age, was also a principal shareholder of the troupe.

In 1603 the troupe was renamed the King's Men, in honor of the new king and their new patron, James I.  They performed often at the Globe and Blackfriar's theatres, but played more often at court than any other acting troupe.  In eleven months starting November 1604 they performed eleven times at court, seven of which were plays authored by Shakespeare.

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jillyfish | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM (Answer #2)

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They were called 'The Lord Chamberlain's Men' and later they changed their name to 'The King's Men'.

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