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Gentlemen of a Company
English Players in Central and Eastern Europe 1590–1660

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521115094

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  • This is the first book of its kind in English. It is a comprehensive and scrupulously researched account of the theatrical activity, of professional groups of players who left England for Central and Eastern Europe between the years 1590 and 1660. Touring on such a scale was an unprecedented phenomenon, and in an introductory chapter Dr Limon establishes its causes within the context of English acting traditions on the Continent in general. He describes its distinctive phases, examines the fortunes of particular companies, and stresses the significance of noble patronage, which enabled the players to survive even the most severe times. The book's main chapters deal with English theatrical activities in various specific towns and regions: Gdansk, Elbing, Königsberg, Pomerania, Livonia, Warsaw, Bohemia and Austria. Additional sections discuss two key theatre institutions in Gdansk and Warsaw. His book is illustrated with seventeenth-century engravings of theatre sites in the relevant regions. It will be valuable to all scholars and students of English and Continental theatre and drama.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521115094
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. The Baltic Route:
    1. Gdansk
    2. Elbing
    3. Königsberg
    4. Pomerania
    5. Livonia
    Part II. The Noble Patrons: The Habsburgs and the Vasas:
    6. Warsaw
    7. Bohemia
    8. Austria
    Part III. The Theatres:
    9. The Gdansk fencing-school
    10. The Royal Theatre in Warsaw
    Appendixes
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Jerzy Limon

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