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Extant Playing Parts?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0666  Friday, 12 March 2004

From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Mar 2004 11:16:03 -0600
Subject: 15.0650 Extant Playing Parts?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0650 Extant Playing Parts?

Steve Roth wrote:

 >I wonder if any list members could point me to discussions of extant
 >Elizabethan and Jacobean manuscript player's parts (I believe there's a
 >handful about?), equivalent to the work that William Long has done on
 >extant manuscript playbooks. No luck on World Shakespeare Bibliography,
 >though that may be due to my poor searching skills. Thanks for your help.

Tiffany Stern and Simon Palfrey have a book on this subject coming out
from Oxford University Press in the next year, called "Shakespeare By
Parts".  They survey the surviving parts and discuss the use of parts in
terms of Shakespeare's plays.  I've only read one chapter of it (which
served as Tiffany's paper for this year's SAA theater history seminar),
but it looks really good.  There is only one surviving part for an
English professional production before the Restoration (Edward Alleyn's
part for Orlando in *Orlando Furioso*), but there also several parts for
English academic plays, and professional parts from continental Europe
from the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Dave Kathman

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