Theatre -- fiction

All the Queen's Players

By Jane Feather

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Rosamund has two loves--sketching and the theater--and is happy to have a brother who indulges her in both. Her idyllic days draw to a close, however, when her cousin, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth, deems it time to prepare herself for marriage, and suspects that her eye for art could make her a uniquely valuable spy. Once in the queen's court in the role of a lifetime, Rosamund finds herself not truly prepared for the politics and deceit, nor the love.
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A Dead Man in Deptford

By Anthony Burgess

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In pitch-perfect and compulsively readable prose, Burgess recreates the world of Elizabethan England--from the court and its intrigue to the theater and its genius--in this life of Christopher Marlowe, murdered in suspicious circumstances in a tavern brawl in Deptford.

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The True Prince

By J.B. Cheaney

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Newly apprenticed to Shakespeare's theatre company, Richard and Kit are drawn into a series of crimes involving the members of Queen Elizabeth's court.
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Morality Play

By Barry Unsworth

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Nicholas Barber is a 23-year-old monk who, fearing the wrath of his bishop for breaking his vows of chastity, takes up with a troupe of traveling players. Coming to a small town in the middle of winter, the troupe puts on its usual morality play, only to get caught up in a drama of a different kind. A murder has taken place and a mute-and-deaf girl stands condenmed, awaiting execution. Seeing an opportunity to attract a large audience, the players go through the town collecting information, which they weave into their second performance.

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A Mystery of Errors

By Simon Hawke

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Symington Smythe, a would-be thespian, and young William Shakespeare meet in a tavern on the road to London and become traveling companions. Once in London, they debut as amateur detectives on a case of matrimony, mayhem, and possible murder.
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