This is a refreshing and often remarkable picture of Shakespeare's working day -- what time he got up, what time he ate lunch, how many hours he rehearsed a day, his heavy Christmas schedule, his divided activities and how each bore into his time. Shakespeare's shareholdings are known; that he was property-minded is a matter of record; and that there was work to be supervised -- taking money at the doors and bottled ale to be sold and accounted for. Shakespeare began as a Hired Man, Brown supposes, and worked his way up in the organization. By the time his plays were the company's principal asset, he was helping hire Hired Men and musicians and discovering as well as training new talent. The fascinating chaos of theater activity in any day and age is discussed from a keenly perceptive insider's view.