Did You Know?
In 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died and James the VI of Scotland became the new monarch, King James I of England. James loved the arts and was very generous to actors, playwrights, and other performers of the day. In particular, James I loved the theatre, and was captivated by Shakespeare's acting troupe, the Chamberlain's Men. Within ten days of arriving in London, James insisted that Shakespeare's troupe come under his own patronage. They were granted a Royal Patent and changed their name to the King's Men, in honour of James. Read on...