The Master of the Revels was the holder of a position within the English, and later the British, royal household, heading the "Revels Office" or "Office of the Revels". Originally he was responsible for overseeing royal festivities, known as revels, and he later also became responsible for stage censorship, until this function was transferred to the Lord Chamberlain in 1624. However it seems the Master of the Revels, who normally reported to the Lord Chamberlain in any event, continued to perform the function on behalf of his superior until the English Civil War closed the London theatres in 1642. The office continued almost until the end of the 18th century, although with rather reduced status.
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... received the reversion to the office of Master of the Revels with an appointment as Deputy Master, by a royal patent (on 23 June) ... The Master of the Revels was responsible for supervising and censoring the plays performed in the public theatres, and for arranging performances of those plays at Court ... not previously been the responsibility of the Master's office ...
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