Henslowe, Philip ___ 1550c-1616 ___ British ___ entrepreneur

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Henslowe was born in Lindfield, Sussex, the son of a forest game manager. He moved to London, was apprenticed to a dyer, and then, when his master died, married his rich widow. The couple bought much property in the Southwark area of London, and Henslowe became involved in building theatres, the most famous of which was the Rose Theatre, on the south bank of the Thames. He was also a churchwarden and held minor court offices, becoming a groom of the chamber. North of the river, Henslowe, with his step-son, the famous actor John Alleyn, built the sumptuous Fortune Theatre. In 1613, he built the Hope Theatre, designed for plays as well as bear baiting. Henslowe's theatres and company (The Admiral's Men) gave the first productions of many important Elizabethan dramas. His diary, although little more than a business record book, is an important source of information on the history of English theatre (but, interestingly, there is no mention of Shakespeare).
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Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1591-1597 ___ theatre commerce

WEB TEXT LINKS
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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Dulwich College

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
The Diary of Philip Henslowe
Henslowe's Diary
 

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