This paper will explore the connection between the aesthetic work of the King’s Men and the financial contexts of shareholding and investment in which cultural enterprises such as the Globe and Blackfriars operated. Drawing on fresh documentary material, it will focus in particular on interconnections between familial and financial networks, the participation of women in playhouse shareholding and profit-making, and the connections between playhouse investment and colonisation. In doing so, it will set out an enriched but increasingly complex picture of the local and global contexts in which plays such as Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Massinger’s The City Madam were entwined.
The event will be held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. As usual, social hour will be from 5-6, dinner 6-7, and the talk 7-8:30. The cost for dinner, payable by check only, is $30. When you RSVP please indicate whether or not you plan to come to dinner .