Master of the revels


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Related to Master of the revels: Christopher Marlowe, The Globe Theatre
Same as Lord of misrule, under Lord.

See also: Revel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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His chief pleasure and delight was in the children, with whom he was a child himself, and master of the revels. The little people could do nothing without dear Newman Noggs.
And now, while they are climbing the pole in another part of the field, and muzzling in a flour-tub in another, the old farmer whose house, as has been said, overlooks the field, and who is master of the revels, gets up the steps on to the stage, and announces to all whom it may concern that a half-sovereign in money will be forthcoming to the old gamester who breaks most heads; to which the Squire and he have added a new hat.
Commenting on the later Master of the Revels, Sir Henry Herbert's play, The Emperor of Otho, Dutton emphasizes: "[T]he very existence of the play underlines my point.
Indeed, in making his case he finds time to correct Tiffany Stern, Paul Menzer, and James Marino on the revision of playtexts in relation to their licensing by the Master of the Revels (151-167; especially 152156).
The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre offers, instead, a history of the Elizabethan Revels Office and its relation to commercial drama based upon an idea of the court as a dynamic institutional amalgam that develops in an ad hoc manner to cope with changing circumstances: the office of the master of the revels, which had been created as part the Henrician privy chamber, had to be reimagined under Elizabeth, whose privy chamber of course was staffed by women.
It was the license of the Master of the Revels that enabled the originary performance of early modern drama.
5 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) CAUSED trouble for a young Will Shakespeare as Tilney, Master of the Revels.
5 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) CAUSED trouble for a young Will Shakespeare as Tilney, Master of the Revels. He had the power to close down theatres and ruin his dreams of becoming one of the country's leading playwrights.
Ordinary Christmas celebrations, for example, began with the appointment of a Master of the Revels usually in November who along with his attendant officers presided over revelry, feasting, musical entertainments, and gambling throughout the season (769).
However magicians did not operate outside the law: for, as in the case of the magician William Vincent, they were under the purview of the Master of the Revels and often dependent upon royal patronage (21).
One (first published in 1978) treats manuscript evidence for Elizabeth's own hand in the preparations for her coronation pageant, the Queen ordering her master of the revels to provide costumes for the City's pageant.
In a petition to Sir John Stanley (secretary to the Lord Chamberlain), Bright asks for help paying the fine, pointing out that since the play was "Lyconed & permited, ye said Bright did humbly conceive, that there was neither imorality or prophainess therein."(26) Bright reminds the Lord Chamberlain's office that the Master of the Revels is supposed to be the official arbiter of "imorality and prophainess." Clearly Killigrew's judgment was being second-guessed in the courts at the provocation of the moral reformers.
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