This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ... William Kemp, Tarleton's successor, seems to have followed closely in the practice of his master. Heywood wrote in his "Apology for Actors," 1612, "Here I must needs remember Tarlton, in his time gracious with the Queen his sovereign and in the people's general applause; whom succeeded Will. Kemp, as well in the favor of her majesty as in the opinion and good thoughts of the general audience." He apparently began acting as a member of the Earl of Leicester's company, and was the leader of that portion of the group which in 1585 went to the continent. "Will, the Lord of Leicester's player" is mentioned by Sir Philip Sidney writing from Utrecht as a bearer of a letter to Walsingham; and Kemp was with the others at Elsinore.1 In the summer of 1586, however, when the others went to the court of Saxony, Kemp returned to England, and in the next year he may have been with that portion of Leicester's company which visited Stratford and may have carried Shakespeare with them to London. On Leicester's death, he probably joined the Lord Strange's men, in the traveling license of which company in 1593 he is mentioned. He and Burbage and Shakespeare were the members of the same company (under its new patron the Lord Chamberlain), who received payments at court on March 15, 1595. With Shakespeare's company he probably remained until about 1602,' when he appears in Henslowe's Diary as a member of Worcester's men, with whom he continued, as far as we know, until his death, sometime before 1609. Kemp's most famous performance was dancing the 1 Murray, I. 34-5. Herz, Englische Schauspieler und englischen Schauspiele tur Zeit Shakespeares in Deutschland, 1903, pp. 3, 4. 'Murray, II. 125, u6. morris from London to Norwich. According to a common custom, he paid out sums of mo...
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