Lord Strange's Men
|The company's patron: Ferdinando Stanley,|
Lord Strange's Men existed between 1589 and 1593. They were settled in Henslowe's Rose playhouse by February 1592, which is when Henslowe's records of performances begin. And they may have been thought the best company in London by this point, as they had acquired the charismatic Edward Alleyn as a player in early 1591 and they performed at court more often than any other company in Christmas of that year. Henslowe seems to have expanded the size of the Rose especially for them.
|Edward Alleyn (unknown date)|
Alleyn formed a close relationship with Philip Henslowe by marrying his stepdaughter and collaborating with him on business ventures such as the management of the Rose. In his later life, he founded a college in Dulwich. The school still exists, and it is in this school's archives that Henslowe's Diary (more accurately referred to as the 'Henslowe-Alleyn papers') has been preserved to this day.
|Will Kemp dancing a jig, from the|
cover of Kemp's Nine Days Wonder
- Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearian Playing Companies (Clarendon Press, 1996), 258-65.
- S.P. Ceresano, “Alleyn, Edward (1566–1626),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (Oxford: OUP, 2004); online ed., ed. Lawrence Goldman, 2008. [accessed February 15, 2016]
- Martin Butler, “Kemp, William" (fl. 1585–1602),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (Oxford: OUP, 2004); online ed., ed. Lawrence Goldman, 2008 [accessed February 15, 2016].
- Lawrence Manley and Sally-Beth MacLean's Lord Strange's Men and Their Plays (Yale University Press, 2014).