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What did the lord chamberlains men change there name to and why?


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Elizabethan and Jacobean playing companies took their name from their sponsor who was a royal or noble person. In 1594, the Burbage brothers with some others (including Shakespeare) obtained the support of Baron Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain of England, who became their patron and named their company. The company did really well, and when Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, the new King took over sponsorship of the company, which became the King's Men.