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Alleyn, Edward

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Alleyn, Edward 


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.


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