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Admiral's Men,

theatrical company of players, officially designated the Admiral's Men in 1585. They were rivals of the Chamberlain's MenChamberlain's Men,
Elizabethan theatrical company for which Shakespeare, a joint owner of the company, wrote his plays and served as actor. Organized in 1594, they performed at the Globe and at the Blackfriars theaters. Under the patronage of James I they became c.
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 and performed at the theaters of Philip HensloweHenslowe, Philip
, c.1550–1616, English businessman and theatrical manager. Although he managed the Rose Theatre, Bankside, London, and the Fortune Theatre, Cripplegate, London, he is best remembered for his association with his son-in-law Edward Alleyn and the Admiral's
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. Their leading actor was Edward AlleynAlleyn, Edward
, 1566–1626, English actor. He was the foremost member of the Admiral's Men, joining the group c.1587, and was the only rival of Richard Burbage. An exceptionally large man, he gained fame for his portrayals in Marlowe's Tamburlaine,
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Alleyn was contracted to a rival company, The Lord Admiral's Men and would have drawn the crowds, although not especially in Shakespearean roles.
Part 2, "Working with Lost Plays," includes: David McInnis, '"2 Fortune's Tennis' and the Admiral's Men," (105-26); Misha Teramura, "Brute Parts: From Troy to Britain at the Rose, 1595-1600" (127-47); Paul Whitfield White, "The Admiral's Lost Arthurian Plays," (148-62); Lawrence Manley, "Lost Plays and the Repertory of Lord Strange's Men" (163-86); Michael J.
Nicholas returned to his lodgings with a raise in pay and status as fight manager (play as cast), for the Lord Admiral's Men in Southwark, on the South Bank of the Thames.
Is it separate from The Whole History of Fortunatus, purchased by the Admiral's Men in the winter of 1599/1600 from Thomas Dekker and performed by them at court, according to the title page of the 1600 quarto?
The Admiral's Men were to play at the Rose on the Bankside, and the Chamberlain's Men were assigned to the Theatre in Shoreditch.
Between May 10 and 11, the admiral's men tried unsuccessfully to land on the northern coast of Callao, but they did capture three merchant ships and set fire to nine others.
Two companies were then seen to be pre-eminent, the Admiral's Men whose star was Edward Alleyn--and the Lord Chamberlain's Men, whose star was Richard Burbage.
Curiously, as O'Connell notes, there was a "revival" of biblical theater in the 1590s and again in 1602 in plays using the Old Testament or the Apocrypha and written by Thomas Lodge, Robert Greene, George Peele, Samuel Rowley, William Byrd and others for Philip Henslowe and the Admiral's Men, but he offers no explanation for their sudden reappearance.
Described as "the biography of a company" (10), it reflects his theory that the Admiral's Men and the Chamberlain's Men formed a duopoly that dominated the early modern English stage.
Engagement with the aforementioned caustic smells of the stage and with the company's ability to hype its own virtuosity in selectively employing the acting styles of the competing Admiral's Men in order, partly, to supersede them, makes for exciting reading, most of all in Harris's suggestion of numerous new avenues for further work.
Many of the original harbour buildings are still in use and the officers' quarters, where the Admiral's men once gathered, is now a restaurant that offers an excellent menu and a great view of the bay.
Following are chapters on the Admiral's Men and Chamberlain's Men in the 1590s, on the boy actors from 1599 and the court masque, and on the Prince's, Queen's and King's Men under James.