Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0718 Thursday, 18 March 2004
From: Fran Barasch <
Date: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2004 09:49:35 EST
Subject: 15.0702 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0702 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
1. Chamber's reference is to Thomas Norton's 1574 complaint about the
"shameless" tumbling of Italian women. See Kathleen Lea, vol. 2, p. 354.
2. When Ganassa went to Madrid in 1574, only a few members of his
company (I Gelosi) went with him. He probably hired local talent to
complete his cast. It is possible that other members of Gelosi played
at Windsor and Reading, but there were a number of other troupes at the
time that may have gone to England.
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