Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 434. Saturday, 17 July 1993.
From: John Mucci <
Date: Friday, 16 Jul 93 15:04:01-0400
Subject: Shakespeare's Company
In "The Doubling of Parts in Shakespeare's Plays," Arthur Colby Sprague
says that "In number of actors, a London company at the end of the 16th
century, with its 8 or 10 sharers and half-dozen hired men was well off."
-- meaning of course, that there were enough people to play the roles in
Shakespeare's Histories in the 16 or so in the Company.
GTE VisNet, Stamford, CT
[The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express gets along using twelve performers
for each show, including this season's *Antony and Cleopatra* in which
one actor doubles five roles. --HMC]