The Work of Elizabethan Plotters, and 2 The Seven Deadly Sins

  • Andrew Gurr University of Reading


Little attention has been paid to the 'plotters', the men who drew up the plots for early companies, and the terms of their work. A re-examination of the evidence suggests a number of fresh considerations. In particular, David Kathman's theory that the plot for 2 The Seven Deadly Sins was prepared for the Chamberlain's Men in 1597-98 is called in question, as is the idea that boyplayers were routinely apprenticed to their masters in the same way as the handicraft apprentices.