The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1717 Monday, 29 July 2002
Date: Friday, 26 Jul 2002 15:12:23 -0400
Subject: Query: Legal Status of Boy Actors
I take it that the legal status of the boys in the adult acting
companies was similar to that of apprentices to tailors or
grocers--governed by an indenture signed by their parents or guardians
binding the boys to serve the sharers for some fixed period, at the end
of which they could become journeymen. Does anybody know what
conditions governed the boys in the boy companies--Paul's, the Children
of the Chapel Royal, etc.? And whether boys sometimes moved from one
type of company to the other?
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