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Q: Travelling Troupes
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 492.  Tuesday, 17 August 1993.
From:           Paul Budra <
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Date:           Monday, 16 Aug 93 11:17:27 PDT
Subject:        Travelling Troupes
A graduate student stumped me with a question that I hope someone out
there can answer.  Have there been any RECENT studies of the fortunes
of travelling actor troupes during the glory days of the public
theatre in London?  Specifically, do we know what the troupes were
playing in the backwaters of remote counties in the 1580s and 1590s?
Were they taking pared down, or pirated, versions of Tamburlaine on
the road?  Or were they hauling out old standards they thought would
please provincial tastes?  I'm not interested in what the major
troupes did during plague years, but rather in their less glorious,
hard-working cousins.  I'd rather not read through all of the REED
project if I can avoid it....
        Many thanks.
        Paul Budra, Dept. of English, Simon Fraser U, Burnaby BC

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