Richard Brome's Contract and the Relationship of Dramatist to Company in the Early Modern Period
This paper examines the evidence, historical context and critical treatment of Richard Brome’s contract with the Salisbury Court theatre. It takes issue with the assumption that exclusive contractual bindings between dramatists and companies were standard practice, and reveals the atypical and particular conditions of this contract by examining contractual precedents, the patterns of production of contemporary playwrights, and the specific circumstances of Brome and Richard Heton, the theatre’s manager.
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