(c. 1555—1616) theatre financier
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 companies of actors, notably the Lord Admiral's Men, and in the building of the Fortune and Hope theatres. Most of the dramatists of the period, apart from Shakespeare, at some time wrote for his companies. His Diary (ed. R. A. Foakes and R. T. Rickert, 1961) contains a mass of information about theatrical life, and about dramatists and their methods of writing plays.