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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Podcast: Philip Henslowe, Edward Alleyn and the invention of London theatre in the age of Shakespeare

The actor Edward Alleyn and his father-in-law Philip Henslowe built and expanded several London public playhouses, including the Rose, the Fortune, and the Hope. Named by King James VI and I as Joint 'Masters of the Royal Game of Bears, Bulls and Mastiff Dogs', Henslowe and Alleyn also staged such blood sports as bull- and bear- and lion-baiting at the Bear Garden and other venues, including royal palaces. They also commissioned plays and ran acting companies. Most of what modern scholars know about the early modern English theatre, both as financial enterprise and artistic endeavour, comes from the study of the Henslowe and Alleyn manuscripts at Dulwich College. This podcast looks at documents from the archive, now digitised at www.henslowe-alleyn.org.uk, to demonstrate how the two men helped to invent 'Shakespearean' theatre

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