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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 ...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ) Leading actor of the Admiral's Men and founder of Dulwich College. He was famous particularly as Marlowe 's Faustus, Tamburlaine, and Barabas. He retired from 1597 to 1600 , then returned to the stage till 1605 , after which he continued as theatre manager. He was married first to Philip Henslowe 's stepdaughter, Joan , then (in 1623 ) to John Donne's daughter, Constance...

Alleyn, Edward

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ), Actor-manager, founder of Dulwich College. Star actor of the Admiral's Men and rival of Richard Burbage , he had already acquired a following by the age of 18, and played the leading roles in many of Marlowe 's plays. He built the Fortune playhouse with Philip Henslowe , whose stepdaughter he married, and whose wealth he inherited. He founded Dulwich College, and married John Donne 's daughter as a second wife. Dictionary of National Biography...

Alleyn, Edward

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ) Actor ( Richard Burbage 's chief rival) and partner of Philip Henslowe , with whom he built the Fortune Theatre, Cripplegate. There he acted at the head of the Lord Admiral's Company, playing among other parts the leading roles in Christopher Marlowe 's Tamburlaine , The Jew of Malta , and Dr Faustus . He acquired great wealth, bought the manor of Dulwich, and built and endowed Dulwich College. His first wife was Henslowe 's stepdaughter, his second the daughter of John Donne . He was a patron of Thomas Dekker , John Taylor...

Alleyn, Edward

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ), Elizabethan actor and the founder of Dulwich College. He was much admired by Nashe and Jonson and considered the only rival of Richard Burbage . Plays in which he is known to have appeared include Marlowe 's Tamburlaine the Great ( c. 1587 ), The Tragical History of Dr Faustus ( c. 1589 ), and The Jew of Malta ( c. 1590 ), and Greene 's Orlando furioso ( c. 1591 ). He was already known as a good actor in 1583 and remained on the stage until the accession of James I in 1603 . He married the stepdaughter of ...

Alleyn, Edward

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Gabriel Egan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ), actor (Worcester’s Men 1583 , Admiral’s/Prince Henry’s 1589–97 and 1600–6 ) and housekeeper. The 17-year-old Alleyn was named as one of Worcester’s Men in a licence of 14 January 1583 and he was already a renowned actor when, on 22 October 1592 , he married Joan Woodward , the stepdaughter of Philip Henslowe , at whose Rose playhouse he had led Lord Strange’s Men from February to June that year. We know of Alleyn’s personal life through charming letters which passed between him and Joan while he led Lord Strange’s Men on...

Alleyn, Edward

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ) English actor, entrepreneur, and founder of Dulwich College. Born in London , he was the son of a prominent inn holder and porter to the Queen. His older brother, who acted for a short time, was servant to Lord Sheffield . By 1586 Edward was a player with the Earl of Worcester's Men. Two years later, he and his brother were joint owners of playbooks and various theatrical properties . Though it is impossible to identify his earliest roles, by 1592 Alleyn was lauded as one of the greatest actors of his time, his reputation...

Alleyn, Edward

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Edward ( 1566–1626 ) English actor , entrepreneur , and founder of Dulwich College. The son of a prominent inn holder and porter to the Queen, by 1586 Edward was a player with the Earl of Worcester's Men and two years later he and his actor-brother were owners of playbooks and theatrical properties. By 1592 Alleyn was lauded as one of the greatest actors of his time, his reputation being largely earned through his performances with the Lord *Admiral's Men in *Marlowe 's plays. Alleyn definitely performed the roles of Tamburlaine and Dr Faustus,...

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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

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..., Edward An Elizabethan and Jacobean actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist ( 1566–1626 ). Born in Bishopsgate , where his father was a publican, he was a contemporary of Shakespeare and acted in many of Christopher Marlowe 's plays. Thomas Nashe compared him with Roscius, the Roman slave who gained his freedom and a great fortune by virtue of his talent on the stage. Alleyn's success enabled him to build a small property empire on Bankside , where he owned two theatres and assorted bear pits, brothels and public houses. He founded Dulwich College ...

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 ...
Henry VI Part 1

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Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...noted the resemblance between Joan’s various symbolic personae and public roles and those played by Elizabeth I. Stage history: Henslowe’s diary entry indicates 1 Henry VI was written for and performed by Lord Strange’s Men at the Rose theatre, with London’s leading actor, Edward Alleyn , probably taking the part of Talbot. Henry was probably played by a boy actor. No further records of performance exist until a revival at Covent Garden on 13 March 1738 ‘by desire of several ladies of quality’. The Temple Garden quarrel and several other scenes from Part...

Dulwich

Dulwich  

Area of south-east London in which the College of God's Gift (founded by Edward Alleyn) is situated. Alleyn and his wife Joan (Philip Henslowe's stepdaughter) moved to Dulwich from the ...
Derby's Men

Derby's Men  

The men of Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange (Earl of Derby from 25 September 1593), led by Edward Alleyn from 1591, containing remnants of Leicester's Men and possibly Shakespeare. In 1592 ...
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 ...
Dulwich College Library

Dulwich College Library  

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The college was founded by the theatrical entrepreneur Edward Alleyn in 1619. It is now a school, with a collection of material by former pupils, including Ernest Shackleton and P. ...
London, Dulwich Picture Gallery

London, Dulwich Picture Gallery  

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The collection originated with the bequest of Edward Alleyn (1566–1626) to Dulwich College, his own charitable foundation, in 1626 and grew in 1686 with the bequest of William Cartwright (1606–86) ...
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part  

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In the theatre, a part, or actor's part—also apparently known, at least in the eighteenth-century theatre, as a ‘side’—is the script used and memorized by an actor, which contains those ...
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 ...
baiting

baiting  

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The goading, torturing, and usually killing of animals as a form of public or private entertainment. A variety of animals have been baited in a variety of circumstances, from elephants ...
platt

platt  

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Elizabethan term for an outline, or ‘plot’, of a play, giving the main points of the action, the division into acts, and the actors' entrances and exits. Posted up behind ...
Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre  

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London playhouse built in 1600 to replace the Rose, when it acquired a new neighbour, the Globe. Henslowe and Alleyn, its financiers, used the carpenter who had just completed the ...

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