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The Use of Rolls?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0617  Friday, 1 April 2005

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 23:53:51 +0100
Subject: 16.0602 The Use of Rolls?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0602 The Use of Rolls?

Bill Godshalk wrote:

 > It appears that each actor in a Renaissance acting company got a roll
 > with his individual part, including cues.
 > How much do we know about rolls and their uses?

In the words of (presumably) Ira Gershwin, "It ain't necessarily so."

This is the story usually told, but I believe the evidence is sparse,
and rarely discussed.  I believe a few (very few) such actors' parts
survive, but I can't locate any information about them.

There is no actual evidence for the existence of companies' libraries or
archives, however necessary they might appear - and certainly not for
their contents!

John Briggs

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