1. The London theatre of 1583; 2. Protestant politics: Leicester and Walsingham; 3. The career of the Queen's Men; 4. The Queen's Men in print; 5. Casting and the nature of the text; 6. Dramaturgy; 7. Marlowe and Shakespeare; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
The first book devoted to the Queen's Men, one of the major acting companies of the age of Shakespeare.
'... they present a revised view of the importance of provincial
tours in the life of a company of players, and suggest a degree of
state control and use for political purposes of the actors greater
than has previously been accepted.' History Today
"Part theater history, part dramatic criticism, this is an exemplary work of careful and detailed scholarship; McMillin (Cornell) and MacLean (Univ of Toronto) provide ingenious and stimulating interpretations of the many political, cultural, and socioeconomic factors that influenced the formation and subsequent history of one of the age's premiere companies. They also offer an intriguing, insightful look at late-16th-century Elizabethan theater practice, including the casting and doubling of roles, how playbooks were managed, how the company organized its extensive touring schedule, dramaturgical issues, and matters of performance style." Choice
"...a major and timely contribution to the history of early English theater. It is comprehensive, informative and wise..., packed with fresh ideas." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England
"This is a groundbreaking piece of theater history." Shakespeare Quarterly
"The book is rich in insight and careful in its conclusions." Sixteenth Century Journal
"No quick sketch can begin to do justice to the riches of this fascinating book." Letters in Canada
"The Queen's Men and their Plays is a major and timely contribution to the history of the early English theater. It is comprehensive, informative, and wise. More than all this, it is packed with fresh ideas...McMillan and MacLean have established themselves as the definitive interpreters of the late Tudor phenomenon known as the Queen's Men." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England