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Biographical Index to the Elizabethan Theater

Biographical Index to the Elizabethan Theater

This is a draft list of all people known to have been involved with theater in England between 1558 and 1642. The list includes playwrights (including authors of masques, royal entertainments, and academic plays in Latin and English), actors (including English actors in Europe and foreign actors/performers in England), songwriters known to have written songs for plays or masques, theatrical managers and entrepreneurs, carpenters (really contractors, in modern parlance) who built playhouses, patrons of acting troupes, all Lords Chamberlain and Masters of the Revels, ancillary employees of the theater (such as tiremen or gatherers), and miscellaneous other people who do not fall into any of the above categories, but who are important to Elizabethan theater history (e.g. Francis Meres).


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