By Gerald Eades Bentley
This booklet is a complete learn of the universal practices of English avid gamers of the period--how they lived and labored and have been paid, equipped, and solid for components within the phenomenally well known theaters of britain. Gerald Bentley discusses sharers, employed males, boy apprentices, musicians, traveling teams, and executives, exhibiting that gamers generally led tricky yet heavily specialist lives.
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He said . . for sir I know you understand that there is the composition between our company that if any one give over with consent of his fellows, he is to receive three score and ten pounds (Anthony Jeffes hath had so much); if any one die his widow or friends whom he appoints is to receive fifty pounds (Mrs. Pavy and Mrs. Towne hath had the like). ' 6 Twenty years earlier the arrangement for fellows leaving the company prevailed with Queen Anne's men, a troupe once more prosperous than Prince Charles's men.
39 SHARERS and that "upon the reading it" the company would have Henslowe pay out for them £20 rather than lose such a fine play. "26 One cannot be certain, of course, that this custom of reading a new manuscript to all sharers was universal, but evidently it was common. The chore must have consumed a deal of the time of sharers, especially in the early days when so many more new plays were required than later. What happened when the sharers listened to the plays must be mostly a matter for conjecture.
20 There follows a list of seven payments of a few shillings each in the next three months. Then Henslowe goes on, "This sum was paid back again unto the company of my Lord Admiral's players the 8th of March 1598 and they shared it amongst them. " 2 ' The reason for this attempt is by no means clear, but it is obvious enough that Humphry Jeffes held a half share. In 1623 in their testimony in the suit of EUL· Worth and John Blaney v. 22 There is even evidence that on occasion a full sharer was reduced to half a share.