The Lord Admiral’s/Prince’s/Palatine’s Men, 1576–1625
There is enough continuity of player membership and other kinds of cohesion to identify a single long-running company which might most easily be called the Admiral’s Men, even though its first patron had three titles at different times, and the company later ran under two different royal patrons. It began its London-based activities in 1576 and only faded from the London scene in 1625. Its presence in London gives it an eminence and a durability that more than matches the forty-eight-year run of the Chamberlain’s-King’s Men. It had a variety of existences in its fifty years. It started in 1576 as a company patronized by a lord who was serving or had just served a short stint as deputy to the Lord Chamberlain. This chapter looks at the history of the Lord Admiral’s/Prince’s/Palatine’s Men, their performances from 1576 to 1625, the plays they performed, the playhouses where they performed, their playing sharers, and their travelling records.
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