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Admiral's Men

Admiral's Men  

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Elizabethan company which, with Edward Alleyn as their star actor, was the only real rival of the Chamberlain's Men. Their patron was Lord Howard, who became an admiral in 1585 ...
Boar's Head

Boar's Head  

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Celebrated in connection with Falstaff, was in Eastcheap, and according to H. B. Wheatley (London, Past and Present, 1891) was ‘destroyed in the Great Fire, rebuilt immediately after, and finally ...
Curtain Theatre

Curtain Theatre  

London, in Curtain Close, Finsbury Fields, Shoreditch. This playhouse opened in 1577, a year after its close neighbour the Theatre, which it resembled. It housed a number of distinguished companies ...
Edward Alleyn

Edward Alleyn  

(1566–1626),an actor (R. Burbage's chief rival) and partner of Henslowe, with whom he built the Fortune Theatre, Cripplegate. There he acted at the head of the Lord Admiral's company, playing among ...
Elizabethan Playhouse

Elizabethan Playhouse  

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Before James Burbage built the Theatre in London in 1576, English actors had played on temporary stages set up in the open air, in noblemen's houses, or in innyards, whose ...
English drama

English drama  

Prior to 1567, there were no purpose-built playhouses in England, Scotland, or Wales. Drama was performed in a range of public and private spaces from innyards and churchyards to the ...
George Jolly

George Jolly  

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(fl. 1640–73),English actor, the last of the notable English Comedians in the German theatre. He may have been at the Fortune Theatre in London in 1640, and is first ...
Globe reconstructions

Globe reconstructions  

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The idea of building replicas of the Elizabethan theatres started with Ludwig Tieck in Leipzig in the 1830s. Having visited London, met Edmund Malone, the first scholarly excavator of information ...
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre  

The Burbages' theatre on Bankside in Southwark, erected in 1599. It was a large twenty‐sided building, thatched, with the centre open to the sky. The thatch caught fire in 1613, owing to the ...
King's Men

King's Men  

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Company of actors known as the Chamberlain's Men until they received their new name on the accession of James I in 1603. They remained in their own theatre, the Globe ...
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival  

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The festival began in Ashland in 1935 when Angus L. Bowmer, professor of drama at Southern Oregon Normal College, presented Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice on a simple ...
Philip Henslowe

Philip Henslowe  

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(c. 1557–1616),built the Rose Theatre on Bankside in 1587, and thereafter was involved in theatrical affairs (as financier, manager, and owner) and, with Alleyn, in the affairs of several important ...
Prince Charles's Men

Prince Charles's Men  

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Acting company formed by Edward Alleyn in 1616 under the patronage of Prince Charles, the future Charles I. Based initially at the Hope Theatre, the company moved in 1619 to ...
public theatres

public theatres  

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The downtown Manhattan home of the New York Shakespeare Festival, founded by Joseph Papp. A leading force in American theatre producing during the 1970s and 1980s, the Public Theater opened ...
Rose Theatre

Rose Theatre  

On Bankside, Southwark, was built in 1587, and altered and enlarged in 1592, closing in 1602. Henslowe was its owner and Alleyn its leading actor. Shakespeare is thought to have acted there.
Tom Walls

Tom Walls  

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(1883–1949),English actor, director, and theatre manager. He first appeared on the stage in Glasgow in 1905, and subsequently toured in the United States and Canada, returning to London in ...
William Poel

William Poel  

(1852–1934)English actor, director, and playwright, pioneer of restoring Elizabethan stage conditions for Shakespeare. He was stage manager of two Shakespearian institutions in their infancies—Emma ...

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