at court was both religious and secular. She spent time in private devotions,
and heard services in her chapel, with magnificent singing by a choir
of men and boys. She loved music, as well as dancing, horseback riding
and hunting. In addition, she watched others perform acrobatics, masques,
tourneys, fencing, and wrestling. Many of the plays she saw were performed
by boy students from the schools of St. Paul's, Westminster, and the Chapel.
The queen and some of her courtiers also sponsored acting companies. In
the 1590s, late in her reign, a new talent appeared on the London scene: