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Which theatre company did Shakespeare join in 1594?

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In 1594, William Shakespeare joined the theater company known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men. He eventually became the chief writer for this company and acted for it as well, though Richard Burbage always received the starring roles.

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Which theatre company did Shakespeare join in 1594?
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The company was started while Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, and it quickly became one of the most famous companies in its time, often performing for the queen herself. When Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603 and King James I ascended to the throne, the name of the company changed to the King's Men because the king granted the company his royal patronage.

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