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What was the name of Shakespeare's acting troupe?

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Lord Chamberlain's Men was the name of the acting troupe that William Shakespeare wrote and acted for, and of which he was a shareholder. Henry Carey, First Baron Hunsdon, who was also known as Lord Chamberlain, was the patron of this group, which was primarily run by the Burbage family.

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Lord Chamberlain's Men was a very popular acting group in its day, performing first at The Theater and later at the renowned Globe Theater. Shakespeare's plays provided the bulk of the material performed by this troupe. Upon the death of Lord Chamberlain, Hunsdon's son took over the patronage, and the group was for a short time called Lord Hunsdon's Men before reverting back to Lord Chamberlain's Men. When King James I took the throne in 1603, he became the troupe's patron, and the name was changed to the King's Men.

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