Who supported the theatre companies Elizabethan England?
The two sources of revenue that supported the acting companies were the noble patrons who gave their names to the companies (Lord Chamberlain's Men, Lord Admiral's Men, the King's Men) and the admission paid by the audience. The patron provided the company with legal protection against charges of vagrancy and other . misdemeanors. The acting companies were nominally household servants of the lord whose purpose was to entertain their patron and his guests at Christmas and other holidays. The equivalent today might be corporations whose names adorn on sports stadiums and theater buildings.