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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and the practice of theatre
in Essex
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Literary critics and historians have primarily examined the relationship between Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and the early modern English stage. While modern literary critics and historians have discussed Essex and stage business, modern theatre historians have not discussed Essex and the business of the stage. Without some knowledge of the theatrical practices and conditions, and without investigation into Essex's artistic and financial support of players, rather than in plays, it is virtually impossible to define or determine Essex's relationship with theatre. By 1572, Walter Devereux , 1st Earl of Essex in the new creation and father of Robert Devereux, patronised a company of players. These players were commonly called 'the Earl of Essex's Men', performing in Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Nottingham. By the time of its dismantling in 1599, the Theatre had hosted many of the most famous and successful plays and players of the Elizabethan theatre.

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